A really interesting discussion very close to my heart.
I am looking for a boat to single hand around the Ionian
and I made a list of all the essentials I would need on any boat for singlehanding
With all that stern to / bows to Med Mooring
in crowded little harbours, top of my list was low windage and manoeverability (especially in reverse). Ergo, I set out to choose a modernish short fin keel monohull
. Definitely not a cat. Very definitely not one with a single prop.
Hey, guess what I am buying
? !!! Yep, a single prop Snowgoose 35. Love at first sight, I am afraid. Logic out the window. I guess i will just have to spend my life as a cruising hermit away from civilisation until I learn to drive the old girl in a straight line.
Really, interesting stuff on the other points. The MOB
autostop /circle is a great idea. I am just surprised that the NKE device doesn't give you an option for a DSC
MoB call, as well.
I'm no expert but my single handing requriements list was ...
- Centre Cleats
- Good dinghy
access - ideally, a platform (to get lines ashore quickly.)
- Electric Windlass
- with cockpit remote
control (only 100 bucks).
- Drum on Pushpit with shore lines.
- Med style Kedge Bucket on pushpit
- Furling Genoa
- Manageable sails - (a) In Mast furling
that works or (b) well set up Slab reefing with lines to cockpit
& lazyjacks, stacker or (c) Ketch
- Self Tailing
Winches near helm.
- Instruments (incl plotter) at helm.
- Lots of pockets around helm for food
, flasks, handheld VHFs, etc.
Added to the list is now MoB system, spare authelm, etc.
Of course, if only I could find a maiden who would put up with me for the sake of a life of sun and sea in paradise, then the local Tavernas could get my £££s instead of the chandlers!