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Re: Single hand a 40 foot boat?

Interesting points all around. I was thinking Krabbi since I have watch a lot of videos about SV Esper on YouTube and IIRC, her refit was done in Krabbi and I think that boat looks very nice... A bit too much white inside for my liking (I tend to like modern but still looking like some Gothic dungeon) but the interior seems very nice and spacious. Esper is a ketch too.

Since we're talking about sails- what about Junk rigged boats or even junks? Are junks even able to do blue water?

Also, someone like me would want to steer way clear of South Africa. I've had great experiences in SE Asia... they seem to like me there and are fair with me, at least. But that's just diving and training in Muay Thai... bringing my own home across this time is definitely a different kettle of fish!
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Re: Single hand a 40 foot boat?

TQA, Jeff_H makes some interesting points but I still have to side with your choice for a world cruiser and one to single hand. Jeff's might be okay for around the bay or coastal hops. I have sailed for many, many, days at a time with the main stowed under the sail cover. In the trade winds, as Bill Seifert says, "It is easier to pull a boat than to push it." A main sail has little use to me when off the wind. A big jib is what is needed the most and a stay sail is at the ready, on roller furling, when the wind really pipes up. They can't make one boat and one rig to suite all situations.
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Single-handing a larger sailboat should not be impossible it's more about knowing how to setup various lines and sheets and halyards for mechanical advantage and cockpit location once a good understanding of that is in one's mind it's not too difficult to sail any boat.

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Interesting points all around. I was thinking Krabbi since I have watch a lot of videos about SV Esper on YouTube and IIRC, her refit was done in Krabbi and I think that boat looks very nice... A bit too much white inside for my liking (I tend to like modern but still looking like some Gothic dungeon) but the interior seems very nice and spacious. Esper is a ketch too.

Since we're talking about sails- what about Junk rigged boats or even junks? Are junks even able to do blue water?

Also, someone like me would want to steer way clear of South Africa. I've had great experiences in SE Asia... they seem to like me there and are fair with me, at least. But that's just diving and training in Muay Thai... bringing my own home across this time is definitely a different kettle of fish!
An Oyster 435 would be quite low on my list of boats to single-hand offshore. While I am a big fan of Kim Holman's design work, these are really big 43 footers to push around single-handed. The control line loads would be beyond what I would want to handle short-handed. These are also comparatively high drag designs relative to their stability which means more frequent sail changes which on a boat this big would grind a physically fit single-hander down. I suggest that you look for boats that have displacements below 20,000 lbs and more ideally down around 15,000 lbs.

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Re: Single hand a 40 foot boat?

Med... Do you actually have sailing experience?
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Going with Jeff on this one . . .
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Re: Single hand a 40 foot boat?

Depends on how it is "set up". Lots of tasks on a sailboat... some can easily be done by one person... sequences may be more challenging... Forces increase rapidly as size increases. You need to ask why you need a particular length boat and how to set up for short and single handed sailing. Example... anchoring.... chain trumps nylon rode... manual windlass trumps hand over hand tackle handling.... electrical windlass trumps manual windlass... 2 way electric trumps UP only...Remote control electric trumps bow only controls. Each step up makes it easier to single hand ANY size boat. Bigger boats will need the anchoring upgrades for single handing.

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People single hand much larger boats, racing around the world, through the worst weather and latitudes, imaginable. Even couples out cruising together, in reality, one of them is a singlehander, as the partner is seasick in the bunk for days at at time, lacks interest in learning or for a number of reasons, not much help. It isn't hard to single hand a boat. Just takes practice like anything else in life.
Not ALL partners are as you generalize. Wow.

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Lol Donna, no, not all, but it is very common. And I'm one of the first to argue for equality in sailing
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Not ALL partners are as you generalize. Wow.

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