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Old 07-06-2015, 17:00   #1
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The Wonders of Single Handing

If you have a sailboat reasonably close to where you live, and haven't yet taken your boat out alone, you're missing an amazing experience. I waited far too many years before I tried and it pains me to think about it.

I have one word that describes it perfectly: liberating.

Go when you want, sail how and where you want, come back when you want. There's nothing like it.
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Old 07-06-2015, 17:28   #2
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Re: The Wonders of Single Handing

There's another thread on this subject going on right now, "What's The Big Deal About Singlehanding," posted by a chap called Saleen with some numbers after.

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Re: The Wonders of Single Handing

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There's another thread on this subject going on right now, "What's The Big Deal About Singlehanding," posted by a chap called Saleen with some numbers after.

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Old 07-06-2015, 18:20   #4
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Re: The Wonders of Single Handing

I enjoy single handing. Just back from a quick 5 day tour of the SF bay. Next week begins a month single handing to the delta and back. Lovely times.
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Old 07-06-2015, 18:32   #5
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Re: The Wonders of Single Handing

I am one of those to prefer to sail with company than to sail alone. However, even with the Hudson Force 50 that I own, I have made certain I can sail solo so that if crew are ill or injured, I am capable of continuing safely.

About two years ago I went from the Big Island of Hawaii to Oahu, single handing with anchoring each night for three nights. I was pleased with myself for being able to do that. On the other hand, I would have preferred the company of a beautiful woman as my first mate.

My opionion is that Solo is for safety. Enjoy the rest of the time with friends.

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Re: The Wonders of Single Handing

I do mostly single handed sailing and when no literally singlehanding I am with a person who can't do much aboard... can't navigate, steer, trim... but can watch and cook... They can help with cleaning or maybe tailing or taking down the main. All of these are helpful... but all of these I can do myself and do many times.

I don't want to NEED a crew to sail my boat. I like good company, even prefer it at times... but sailing alone is a sweet selfish pleasure that hurts no one. I love the freedom it provides. But it's truly possible because of technology as far as I am concerned... GPS, electric windlass... AP...chartplotter... even the power winch (drill powered in my case). I learned the old way, but am comfortable (more?) with all the advancements.
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Old 08-06-2015, 09:03   #7
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I am about to head back to my berth in Vancouver aboard my Cal2-46. I wish I had crew when I get to the harbour. If there is much wind docking can be a bitch. She has quite a bit of wind age. Wish I had a bow thruster!I have decided not to sell my Sun27 because I revel in single handing her.
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Medicrene I prefer my first mate be great at handling the boat before having great looks.
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Re: The Wonders of Single Handing

I enjoy single handling..

As much as having a gorgeous beloved around, totally idle

I do not see a contrast in it..
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Being alone out on the water is my "happy place". Never thought of it as a macho thing or a challenge (I've been doing it a long time). It's where I go when I need to think, regroup or just wind down. It is indeed liberating. The hard part of singlehanding is turning the boat around and coming back in.

Could never understand why someone would want to complete a passage in a day when they could take two.
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Medicrene I prefer my first mate be great at handling the boat before having great looks.
Tough call!
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Re: The Wonders of Single Handing

I singlehand quite a bit because my Gorgeous first mate and I have very different work schedules (Mine is much more flexible). When she's aboard, I hand her the helm for things like docking, anchoring, or if i need to sort something out.... Also works for her to take the helm if she starts feeling queasy.

I also race with a full crew.

For me, any time spent on the water beats the alternative!!

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Re: The Wonders of Single Handing

Oh goody, another thread on my currently favourite subject. (Just because I want to get out and do likewise).

Now, just to be sure to be sure, Do you mean, single handed like solo, or solo like single handed. Or do you mean single handed but with a second person sleeping in their bunk, or solo, but with a second person asleep in the bunk so I'm doing all the work? Oh to be sure to be sure as the Irish use to say. Or was it the French who said that.
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Being alone out on the water is my "happy place". Never thought of it as a macho thing or a challenge (I've been doing it a long time). It's where I go when I need to think, regroup or just wind down. It is indeed liberating. The hard part of singlehanding is turning the boat around and coming back in.

Could never understand why someone would want to complete a passage in a day when they could take two.
Similar for me. Some of my most memorable & enjoyable sailing has been single handed.

I enjoy single handed sailing, but don't think I would enjoy single handed extended cruising so much...better to have someone to share it with regardless of their sailing abilities.
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