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Old 13-09-2013, 14:23   #31
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Re: Best 30 -40' daysailer/cruising for singlehanding

I agree on the Nonsuch line. Available from 22 to 36 feet depending on your budget and how much space you want.
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Old 13-09-2013, 14:53   #32
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Re: Best 30 -40' daysailer/cruising for singlehanding

Day sailing with others aboard is one thing. Cruising single handed is quite another. The space requirement is different. If you're sailing alone theoretically you need less space.

So, take my experience for an example of what can be accomplished on a relatively small boat.

I'd definitely NOT try what I've accomplished without a servopendulum wind steering system. There were occasions when motoring an electro dependent autopilot would have been welcome. So having both is an advantage. But I would not rely on the autopilot for sailing.

The boat - a Nor'Sea27 by Lyle Hess. He also designed Talesien, owned by Lynn and Larry Pardee.

I sailed the boat nearly twice around the world solo. Only reason I didn't close the circles is I couldn't make sense of paying the expense of using the Panama Canal, sailing 5,000 n.m. to Hawaii and then 2,000 n.m. to the U.S. west coast.

Few people sail as simply outfitted as I, and there's lots of stuff you don't need.

You'll find lot's of stuff about the Nor'Sea27 online and there's a user group.

Good luck.
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