"I am 60 yrs old but fairly fit. Please could anyone suggest a sailing vessel genuinely suitable for single handed but larger than the Lugger and with some accommodation. Any other advice appreciated."
I am 67 and fairly fit. I single
hand a 40' cutter
with no difficulty and have done so for 20-years. I also single hand a smaller daysailer and find the bigger boat easier to deal with everywhere except near the dock
As others have said - boat setup is everything. I spent the first four-years of boat ownership
sailing alone on short day trips and then longer overnight trips and then returning home to make more modifications to improve the ease and safety
for single handing.
I still believe that a bigger boat is easier to handle and makes a more stable platform for a single hander. Other older sailor/bigger boat single handers I know:
- my brother was a relative novice
to sailing and single handed his Tartan 42 for a year in Mexico
at the age of 55
- a 54 year-old friend with not a lot of sailing experience single handed a Beneteau
42 from San Francisco
to Florida over a period of four years.
- a 52-year old women friend single handed her CSY
44 all over Western Mexico
- a 48-year old women friend single handed her Islander 36 from San Diego
to Acapulco and back
It is the boat setup that is important!