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Re: Single hand a 40 foot boat?
When you singlehand any boat, large or small, you have to prioritize, and do the most important things first. If you lock the traveler in the center, it makes the mainsail self-tending, so that you only have to deal with the jib when you tack. If you're preparing to gybe around a mark, bring in the mainsheet and lock it in the center during the last 100' before the mark. That saves you having to pull it in after the gybe, when you also have to pull in the jibsheet, and it also controls the boom during the gybe. After rounding, you can adjust the mainsheet.
Get some things done in advance, when you can, do what's important first, and make adjustments afterwards.