While I have an autopilot
, it is far too slow on auto tack for my overly responsive rudder
. What I do is before a tack, standing in front of the wheel
. Really single
handed you should never be behind the wheel.
Anyway I uncleat the working sheet, I'm really old fashion and don't have self tailing
winches either. Then I reach across the cockpit
and grab the lazy sheet which already has two or three wraps about that winch depending on winds. Both sheets
in the same hand, other hand is on the wheel
Then when I come about once the jib lufts I start pulling in the lazy sheet and release the working sheet at the same time. Normally I have to unwrap the now lazy sheet so it runs easier, Using the hand that was on the wheel for a second for that. Then verify course etc and make fine tune adjustments. Easy peasy.
But to raise and lower the main single
handed does require an autopilot. I've done it without and its so not pretty. Jib alone is easy single handed.
Perhaps advertise for crew.
EDIT: I see the SSSS instructions assumes a newer racing
boat. My fairlead track is on the cap rail outside the lifelines so my jib is never inside the lifelines., well not by the fairlead anyway. Best I can do is an 1 inch from the cap shroud
. Those newer fancy boats with inboard fairlead tracks, self tailing winches, windlass
, etc. will never catch on.....