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Singlehanding a UP 36

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?

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Re: Singlehanding a UP 36

My last boat was a Fantasia 35, similar dimensions. My keel was a little less full but the boat weighed a couple thousand pounds more. I single handed the boat routinely. Took her in and out of tight slips no problem. I used a really long midship spring for docking. So basically, put her along side then toss the line around something to spring her in.

Didn't anchor her much, because my preference is for marina slips, but when I did, seemed straight forward enough with a power windlas.

You can check out youtube for handling and docking tips.
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Re: Singlehanding a UP 36

Anchoring doesn't really change with the size of the boat, just the size of the tackle. All the principles are the same. If you are anchoring a lot, as we do, more than 300 days a year, you would probably want all chain and a good quality electric windlass.
Folks will try to steer you toward a manual one siting reliability as the main reason. Funny though, the manual back-up on most good windlasses is just the same as the manual one: a long handle!
The real difference is that an electric windlass should pull your gear in at around 60 feet a minute, and nobody is going to get a manual one to do that. That means that between the time your anchor has broken free and is housed, your boat, which you are single-handing, will be at the mercy of the elements (not under command) a shorter time. Seems a cheap insurance policy to me.
As far as the size of a boat goes, the bigger it is the slower it reacts to your intentions. That means you actually have a little more time to make your maneuvers when docking.
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Re: Singlehanding a UP 36

Single-handing is more about the logic and set up of the boat than the boat itself.

If 80 or 90% of your anchoring is just 4 mild weather you don't need a super big anchor either,. Use the big one when you're doing overnight in questionable conditions,
Practice practice practice!

My boat used to be on a river mooring and I used to match the current against the fwd momentum of the boat, walk forward and pick up my mooring stick, it was a very casual routine after 10 years!

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Re: Singlehanding a UP 36

I bought my Contest 36s new in 1985 with the intention of being able to single hand in all circumstances.

To accomplish this I added a robust below decks AP - Alpha 3000 which has a course dial (no button pushing for 1 or 10 degrees) which is like a tiny helm. The control head is mounted in the forward end of the port coaming where I can reach it while sitting in the protection of the dodger. I good weather I can sit on the coaming and steer by reaching down. Who needs to look at the steering wheel? I rare drive from the helm... only through crowded anchorages/mooring fields... fairway/channels and to and from the gas dock. I avoid slips for many reasons... but I hand steer in and out when I enter a slip... for in water winter storage. AP is and a reliable robust one is mission critical for single handing.

Self tailing winches...

Electric windlass with all chain, foredeck foot swtiches raise and lower, and a control in the cockpit... next to the AP in my case.

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Re: Singlehanding a UP 36

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If 80 or 90% of your anchoring is just 4 mild weather you don't need a super big anchor either, Use the big one when you're doing overnight in questionable conditions,
Practice practice practice!
I'm sorry, but I disagree with this.
I believe that there is a formula for the proper size anchor tackle for a boat. An extra big anchor isn't the answer to not learning how to anchor properly. A properly sized anchor for the chain and boat one is using should hold you in anything less than a tropical storm, day or night. And big squalls can pop up just about anytime, not just when conditions were questionable when you dropped your anchor.
The anchor manufacturers' sites all have a chart which should steer you toward the perfect anchor size for your boat. From that choose a suitable chain and snub line and you should sleep soundly at night or find your boat where you left it if you go for a swim after lunch.

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I'm sorry, but I disagree with this.
I believe that there is a formula for the proper size anchor tackle for a boat.
I have used the anchor which came with the boat... 36# CQR for 34 years very successfully. I upgraded the nylon rode to all chain and windlass.
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Re: Singlehanding a UP 36

Ummmm, I just used less words CAPTA [emoji854]

BUT, everybody should have at least two anchors I think can all agree on that? And the OP wasn't just about anchoring.

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Re: Singlehanding a UP 36

If you have a windlass i cant see the benefit from not using youre #1 anchor.
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Re: Singlehanding a UP 36

I have several anchors... use the CQR 99.99999% of the time

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