I'm a dinghy
sailor and I usually singlehand them. I love a light, fast centerboard
boat, have three of them. Crew adds weight, weight slows you down.
I was surprised by everyone saying you need crew for this boat. Then I did some sailboatdata comparisons with other 17 footers. Apparently, the thistle carries more sail, a significant amount more, 25 to 30 percent more than comparable boats.
So, yeah, crew is probably a good idea, until you get experience.
Bungee the center board in, both of our faster boats have a way to keep the board down in a capsize
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