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Do You Sail Solo?

I do wonder at folks who buy boats that require more than one individual to run. Of course I chose a boat that as a soloist I can handle without help. Still, on passages I will have FROM NOW ON an autopilot.

My Seaweed does not track well. I believe I have the first built -- later boats (there were just six built) all have keels which lend to staying on course better. Mine doesn't have that -- and from speaking with other owners, they do not have the issues I've experienced.

An autopilot is key to handling a boat solo -- at least in my view.

So, two questions:

#1) Does your boat stay on track well? (Can you tie off the tiller for a straight pass?)

#2) Do you have a full-blown auto-pilot? (Electric or windvane?)

If without, do you take crew for passages or tough it out yourself?
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Re: How many women here own their own boat?

I'm not comparing sailboats to trawlers .(Janice they are two different animals) But #1 no I can't tie off the tiller . People tell me I should be able to do that if I trim my sails right ,tried it can't do it . And yes my boat tracks well , but Iv'e never been on a sailboat that didn't .
#2 electric autopilot , works very well thank you .
Very rarely do I go out by myself , just don't care for it, but when I do AP is on .
For your boat possibly you could do that keel mod.

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Re: How many women here own their own boat?

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So, two questions:

#1) Does your boat stay on track well? (Can you tie off the tiller for a straight pass?)

#2) Do you have a full-blown auto-pilot? (Electric or windvane?)

If without, do you take crew for passages or tough it out yourself?
Perhaps time for a different thread (thank goodness)? Seems like valid enough questions on their own and shouldn't be lost in this thread.

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Re: How many women here own their own boat?

Donna, It could under "you sail your boat alone????"

https://www.sailnet.com/forums/hersai...oat-alone.html

Janice, Most sailboats can be sailed and handled by one. it's called single handing. Setup for single handing is the art or practice of routing lines (all kinds of them on sailboats) to the helm area.

A "balanced helm" means yes the boat will sail herself with the wheel or tiller locked. AP even better. On open water one cans sail for hours without much input to the helm.

It's never even crossed my mind that I can't or won't handle a boat alone. Hell teenage girls are sailing around the world, old broads like me should be able to sail local waters and I do!
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Re: How many women here own their own boat?

I'm gonna move it.

When I went to my first Catalina club meeting I met no less than three women of a certain age who started sailing each of their C30s singlehanded before they met their partners. Some late in life. It was very encouraging and inspiring.

I don't sail singlehanded but I sure want to feel confident that if I need to, I can.

I've had a balanced helm twice that I know of. It was exhilarating. I felt like I knew what I was doing. Perhaps it happens more often but I usually keep my hands on the wheel so I might have missed it.
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Is there a possibility that your sails are unbalanced? I've recently been using a jib on my boat that is a bit too small which has increased the amount of weather helm I experience, especially on a beam reach. Not saying this is the cause of your tracking problems but I'm curious what other factor could be affecting it. I've heard that using an auto-pilot on a boat that has stronger than normal lee/weather helm can cause them to be overworked and fail prematurely.
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Re: Do You Sail Solo?

today just north of Burlington Island but not quite to the turnpike bridge on the Delaware River.
By myself Janice! about 20 degrees in some I'm guessing wind 15 - 20 mph I don't have all the fancy electronics.

this is in lighter air before the evening wind picked up

This was just after I rolled out the genny part way.

I always use less sail until I get in things organized and relax a little.

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I sail my 41 footer solo about 90% of the time
It's all about practice and more practice
Get out in open water and lock your helm/rudder in a straight position
Grab your gib line in one hand the main in the other and try to get a feeling of how your boat will react when adjusting one or the other
At first it will be erratic ( that's why you went in open waters
But the more you practice ....
On my boat it's also about balancing sail sizes
The boat is easier to balance when using a 120% gib rather than the 150 and using the 90 with a full main when going upwind
Again you need to practice and try different configuration each boat is different
Recently did 60 Miles to Ptown without having anything to do except read a good book and enjoy a smooth sailing .

Always amazed when I read stories about crews abandoning ship after they broke or lost rudder . Even in good sea condition. Practice seems to be the key
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Janice has no sails you guys . Hate to be a wet blanket .
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Some trawlers have / had a sail

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