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Re: Singlehanding a UP 36

I have single handed and anchored my boat for 35 years from Maine to Brazil. I don't know or care about anyone else's technique. Mine works for me... and that's all that matters. I share stuff so others can try and see if it works for them.

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Ask 20 different sailors about anchoring and you'll get 20 different answers.
That's complete crap!

Ask 20 sailors and you'll get 30 different answers.

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Re: Singlehanding a UP 36

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I'm curious to hear about anyone's experience singlehanding a Union 36 or similar (Tayana 37?).

I singlehand my Catalina 27 and sail in and out of the slip like it's a dinghy. Piece of cake.
But the Union....well.... that seems a bit tricky to me.

Have you found it easy enough to manage when entering an unfamiliar marina? What about anchoring solo?

Thanks much!
The biggest problem will be the mass and unresponsive helm on a heavy displacement full keel boat. No last minute large changes in direction and possible inability to head up into a strong wind. Approachs in marinas or other close quarters will have to be thought out and executed near perfectly. You just can't turn, stop or start a Union or other boat of that type like you can a 6,000# fin keeler. No that it can't be done but the consequences are much worse if you screw up.

Anchoring is a piece of cake. Pick your spot, drop the hook, and back down to set it. It's weighing the anchor that's the challenge. There is no way you are going to move a heavy displacement boat against more than a light wind, any sea, or current without a windlass and all chain rode. A manual windlass will work but the take up is awfully slow and chains you to the foredeck to haul in any rode. Electric windlasses are almost a necessity to be able to motor up to the anchor when you are single handing. My procedure is to set the autopilot to run up the rode with the engine at idle than go forward and use the windlass to haul in the slack rode. If all goes well, can stow the anchor then go back to the cockpit and set sail. In crowded anchorages, the auto pilot and electric windlass combination is almost a necessity. Remote controls for the windlass and/or autopilot would be nice but have never gotten around to setting them up.
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Re: Singlehanding a UP 36

You do not usually have to motor up to the anchor if you have all chain and a windlass. You take in chain so that the catanary is pulled into a straight line... the chain will then sag into a catanary and as it does it pulls the boat and you are making way... keeping the chain "taut" ie taking out the catanary slack keeps the boat moving toward the anchor. You do this by observing and using the foot switch at the bow.

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