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Old 12-09-2006, 00:32   #1
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what is you favourite piece of equipment for solo cruising?

just wondering what piece of equipment solo cruisers could not do without????

For me i love my autopilot as it keeps me on course while having time to do other tasks.
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autopilot or some other means of assisted steering is essential. I also like having a chartplotter visible from the helm.
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Solo or otherwise - autopilot / wind vane gets my vote.
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Old 12-09-2006, 16:12   #6
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I love my autopilot!
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Old 12-09-2006, 18:25   #7
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Autopilot
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Electric Anchor Windlass
Radar
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when I find her... a Bunk long enough to stretch out on with My Sweetie.

but not in that particular order.

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Old 12-09-2006, 19:04   #8
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Auto Pilot hands down. You put the boat in circles as you go out on deck to rig the fenders and lines doing the work just so that you can get in and tie up eay and efficent.

On the water you have to pee some time.
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Old 12-09-2006, 21:02   #9
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Hot thermos! I have to admit auto pilot is number one on my list too, but I had to be different
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Well - the boat
sails
motor
bunk
head
galley
and what the others said
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1. Roller furling headsail.
2. autopilot (It's #2 because there are several ways to self steer a boat, but only one way to deal with your headsail given the way it's currently rigged.

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1. Autopilot
2. Lazy Jacks
3. GPS / Chartplotter
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Ok, as to autppilots, I am in the market for one for my catalina 27 with a tiller. What's your experiences? I was looking at the autohelm 800, I think it was, used it comes up on ebay rather economically. Any advice?
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This is an unfair question! As a singlehander most of the time I rely most on the autopilot hands down. But a close second is the windlass and followed by the chartplotter.

Unless you have a very ballanced boat you are forced to streer and that really limits everything else.. including navigation and plotting your course.

Shiva has chain and anchoring without a windlass and chain is pretty tough. I could do rope rode, but that is still pretty hard ... especially in a blow when no one is at the helm motoring slowly forward. So the windlass is #2.

With the autopilot one can trim, cook, use the head and plot your course etc. The plotter is a pretty quick way to get the big picture. For nightime the radar becomes essential so it is #4 and mine shows on the plotter (MFD). That's my my line up for single handed do dads. I love em!

Roller furling head sail is there too, but this seems to be almost universal except for racers. Don't consider this single handed gear, but doing sail changes solo is a "process".. I prefer to leace to the furling system.

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Solo Voyaging - How to equip your boat for the wild blue yonder
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"...I have met these happy and self-reliant sailors in ports around the globe, and I know that every day brings them a new experience or achievement. Satisfactory voyaging depends to a great extent on mindset, but the second most vital ingredient is proper equipment. There must be the proper tools as well as an energetic interest to make a cruise possible. Here is my list of what equipment makes singlehanded and shorthanded sailing safer and less exhausting."
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