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post #21 of 30 Old 09-23-2014
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Re: Do You Sail Solo?

It isnt single handing but Even when we are in the ocean double handed I can "sail alone" in the narrow sense that I do everything necessary by myself. I do wake Carol up (our policy) if I reef but I do it alone. Of course I am never hand steering as we are always on windvane or autopilot in shore until we anchor.

As prep for doing this offshore I took our boat out single handed several times locally. I only anchored in big open bays. i am amazed at how well some people can dock or anchor in tight places solo

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This video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLQDzx3iBV4) is one of the first that I'd taken while sailing single-handed so ignore the horrible wind effects and the winded effects of me trying to talk right after raising the sails. Kynntana was dialed in and sailing herself, but that only happens when she's well trimmed and not over-canvased. If I want to go below or have to deal with something, I have to rely on the AP, which becomes my faithful crew when there's no one else onboard.
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I changed boats a year and a half ago to a Helms 27. Since I usually sail solo, I solo sailed every day for about 3 weeks to get the feel of the new boat. Tried to make every mistake I could think of. Anchored 15-18 times in various winds. It was time well spent. Highly recommended. The attached pic is an exception.
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As soon as just one other person gets on board I refuse to single hand!




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Re: Do You Sail Solo?

I sail solo half the time, including last Saturday in some blustery winds on Long Island Sound.

I use the autopilot a lot. A stack pack and lazy jacks makes raising and lower the main sail a breeze. And a chain rode with electric anchor windlass makes raising and lowering the anchor very easy. Those three things make sailing solo fairly straightforward on a 50' sailboat.

Of course docking is a challenge when it's windy. We are usually anchor or are on mooring, so I don't have to deal with docking very often.

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Re: Do You Sail Solo?

Other than the trip from Texas to Tampa, I've always singlehanded. The one thing I haven't seen mentioned is, to me, the cardinal rule: Plan Ahead. From checking the weather forecast, to having lines ready, or simply having a bottle of water within reach. Anticipation can often prevent a problem from occurring in the first place.

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Yeah, I sail solo most of the time.

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Re: Do You Sail Solo?

I mostly sail solo my boat has a full keel and a bow sprit with two furlers so I can balance her nicely,I can go below use the head and put the kettle on then wander back up and she is mostly on course.I only use the autopilot for motoring.She also sails herself on just her mainsail i can change my heading by adjusting my mainsheet.I have a raking rudder so I dont have to tie her off as the weight of the rudder keeps it central.Having owned fin keelers which would not sail themselves for long I am absolutely stoked with the way she sails and am not ever selling her.I will get a vane eventually though as wind on the stern quarter tends to round her up a bit.
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I sail solo. And, like many others, I find the key to success is thinking ahead and being prepared so that, hopefully, not too many things happen at once, which is difficult to deal with when alone. Namaste'
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Yeah, I sail solo most of the time.
I sail SOLO.....

When my Meds are working....

Otherwise I'd be sailing beside myself....


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