Of course, if singlehanding
, the problems of getting below preclude trying it for even short periods in many situations. It's hard enough to figure out how to take a p**s when there's no one else to take the wheel
. Therefore, if you singlehand at all, you should rig the boat to be able to accomplish navigation
tasks, no matter how crude, in the cockpit. I have a nice large table below but can rarely use it unless at anchor
. On my "on deck
checklist" I have all the stuff needed to use my paper charts
fail. I also have every possibility, every possible alternate course entered into the plotter ahead of time so I don't need to fumble around trying to enter waypoints or courses while trying to focus on not jibing, or avoiding that tanker in the distance.