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Old 29-08-2013, 16:01   #1
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Best 30 -40' daysailer/cruising for singlehanding

I am looking for a boat in this size range that is really easy to sail by myself with other people on board (and of course solo.)

I know that sounds like it doesn't make sense, but my significant other isn't much into sailing, when she is with me, she doesn't do much, and if I have non sailing friends out, they can't do much either. And since I like to sail, I often daysail myself.

I am looking for the best layout that allows me to sail the boat with others who always seem to be exactly where you don't want them when you need to be there;-)

Ideally I can control everything from the helm, steer, main, genoa, and also be able to put boat on auto pilot and move foward.

I have had a beneteau 373, great cabin, terrible sailing. Also, having mainsheet on cabin top makes it hard to get to. I have also had hunter 33, having mainsheet by me and small jib on hunters is better than beneteua, but turns out travaller lines of arch hang down right in the way of the jib winch, engine start control is right where someone always sits etc.

Was thinking about going down to 30' range until someone said go bigger to 40', dual wheels, and bow thruster, etc.

I know there is no perfect boat, but am interested in the collective advice here.
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Old 29-08-2013, 16:12   #2
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Re: Best 30 -40' daysailer/cruising for singlehanding

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Old 29-08-2013, 17:47   #4
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Re: Best 30 -40' daysailer/cruising for singlehanding

You know what you want. Look for a boat that either meets your criteris for ease of handling or can be easily modified to meet your needs. In short, almost any boat will meet your specs. if set up properly.

A self steering vane conected to a tiller makes almost any boat a great single handed vessel.
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Re: Best 30 -40' daysailer/cruising for singlehanding

Sounds like you know what your hot buttons are and just need to look at some boats. Get a good autopilot. My wife loved to sail, but most the time, I was singlehanding or she was... just the way it works out alot. I like the Freedom suggestion, but If the Bene wasnt a good enough sailor for you the Freedom likely wont either. Get a flat out racer for the fun of it! Choate, Capri, J boat etc.... A Capri 30 will be passing 40 footers on there on the bay!
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Old 30-08-2013, 04:02   #6
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A self steering vane conected to a tiller makes almost any boat a great single handed vessel.
For day sails, where you hardly ever do tacks longer than say 10 miles (and mostly much shorter than that), I would suggest that a self steering vane is more of a nuisance than a help. Plus - if you sail with the other half who is not into sailing, the likelihood is that you sail in moderate to light winds, in which the self steering vane is not very effective. An autopilot makes a lot more sense to me.


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Re: Best 30 -40' daysailer/cruising for singlehanding

Hi: my experience is with Beneteau Oceanis 393(single wheel) and now, Oceanis 40 deck saloon (dual wheel). Normally, I do single sailing although I sail with my partner, and for Me, theses boats are great. Of course, it is a big advantage to have autopilot, because You can engage the autopilot when You have any problem on the deck and need to go there. For the rest, all maneuvers are redirected to the helm, so it is very easy to ride. These boats are also very well distributed and You have enough space for living if you have children.
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For day sails, where you hardly ever do tacks longer than say 10 miles (and mostly much shorter than that), I would suggest that a self steering vane is more of a nuisance than a help. Plus - if you sail with the other half who is not into sailing, the likelihood is that you sail in moderate to light winds, in which the self steering vane is not very effective. An autopilot makes a lot more sense to me.

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Hmmmmm, with a young family, I often find myself single handing my tartan 41. I have autopilot PLUS windvane and find them invaluable. For example, I'll use the windvane with the MOTOR to keep me perfectly in the wind while I raise the mainsail.

There are several ways of combining them to do tasks that would normally take a couple of people.
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Re: Best 30 -40' daysailer/cruising for singlehanding

AGree on the Morris, but for that price, I can get a regular boat and a captain do everything for a few years.

Windvane is a non starter. I am sailing during daylight, autopilot is fine.

373 was a good boat on paper, horrible to sail. Tremendous weather helm, too much sail area for 15-20kts (great in 6-8, but in those winds i motor), rudder too short. Forums are full of why everyone who had one was dissappointed. 393 much better.

Was thinking more of cockpit layout as well. Hunter was able to double end mainsheet and bring it back to arch. However, a bit difficult to get to genoa winches, when people are there.

Morris, Aeleron are good day sailers, but not so great for wife. Maybe I need to look into a J boat, 30-35'? I notice many have the mainsheet back at the helm. Small jib, so easy to tack.
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There are several ways of combining them to do tasks that would normally take a couple of people.
Not sure I follow you here - how many people does it take to steer a boat? And combining a windvane WITH an autopilot makes both of them work against each other. Honestly can't see a logical reason to do that, and the manufacturers of MONITOR windvanes strongly oppose it on their website.

I use the autopilot to keep the boat in the wind, just the press of a button. Works well enough and certainly doesn't warrant the investment of many thousands to get a windvane. I really want a windvane for future long trips, but so far I have had zero use for one as my trips have been short.

To summarise - I don't see a windvane as essential kit for a singlehanded sailor who doesn't make overnight trips.


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AGree on the Morris, but for that price, I can get a regular boat and a captain do everything for a few years.
But you didn't ask for the cheapest, you said best.


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Morris, Aeleron are good day sailers, but not so great for wife. Maybe I need to look into a J boat, 30-35'? I notice many have the mainsheet back at the helm. Small jib, so easy to tack.
On the Morris daysailer version it comes standard with self tacking jib and I believe self tailing winches and I guarantee the life will love the interior, but probably not the price (unless you just won the lottery).
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