In light breezes, there is no reason why you couldn't launch and douse a symmetrical kite single
handed. You just need to be methodical, that is all. Assuming you can tie off your helm
to allow you to move to the fordeck to set it up, at least. However, you will need to be able to reach your brace (guy) winch
& sheet winch
from your steering
position, and will need to be able to pull your kite halyard
from your steering position also. It will help if you can get your kicker
(downhaul) back to the steering position and can cleat it off, rather than having the clutch
Also, it will make things a lot easier if you "band" your kite ; i.e. put elastic bands around it, every 4' or so. The easiest way to do this is, when packing it, to use a bucket with the end cut out, and put the elastic bands over the bucket, then pull the kite through the bucket (from the head
first), pulling the bands off the bucket and onto the kite as you go. Banding the kite will prevent it from setting until you (i) have it fully hoisted, and (ii) until you pull on the sheet (and, if necessary pull the pole aft)
Run your sheets
and braces (guys?) up first.
Set your pole ready to pull it up.
Clip your sheets
& braces onto your clews.
Pull your pole up to parallel.
Pull your brace aft until the pole is about 2' off the forestay, and cleat it off
Pull the sheet aft a ways to take up the slack.
Pull the halyard
to get the kite masthead - do this as quickly as you can.
Pull the sheet to break the bands and the kite should fill.
Adjust pole position as necessary.
Dropping the kite can also be a lot of fun. Single
handed the best bet will probably be to go for a classic float drop, using the main to provide a lee. You will pull the kite in using the lazy brace. Basically, run dead square, or even slightly by the lee, and let the pole right forward to put the kite right in the lee of the main, let the brace run, then release the halyard (if necessary, control the rate of drop with your foot) while pulling the kite down, under the boom, into the cockpit
, with the lazy brace.
Anything over about 8 knots of breeze, all bets are off!