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Old 19-08-2010, 14:43   #1
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New member. Just saying hello. Wife and I (divorced now, doggone it!) cruised Northwest Caribbean from 1995 until 1999. Boat (Allied Mistress 39) docked at Carrabelle, Florida, and I dream of cruising again. But singlehanding a forty foot boat is kind of rough. :-)

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Old 19-08-2010, 16:05   #2
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Welcome aboard...I single hand my 41'....Just did the Bahamas and back single handed. Lazy jacks, radar and a good autopilot make it doable...just my $.02 worth

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Old 19-08-2010, 20:50   #3
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Old 19-08-2010, 21:34   #4
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I can singlehand my Privilege 39, but things are set up so that singlehanding is not a problem.

I don't have any trouble handling the yacht by myself. It's the lack of sleep that is a problem.
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Old 19-08-2010, 23:59   #5
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Old 29-08-2010, 19:23   #6
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Old 29-08-2010, 20:45   #7
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It's the lack of sleep that is a problem.
I don't know. You learn how to sail and manage a boat and all you worry about is sleep. Sounds about right to me. It is about what is important.

My buddy Max has it down quite well. He did a single handed November passage from Halifax to the Azores in early November. Anytime the winds got over 30 knots he just set the self tending stay sail and went below and slept. It wasn't an easy trip but he slept well. Not sure how well he ate. Took 3 months to clean up all the salt water that leaked below and damaged all sorts of stuff and made the boat stink. He still is living aboard with his wife on a 33 ft boat. She never does the passages but instead flies in and joins the trip and sails the shorter hops and does all the rest of the trip just fine. It's a way that works for them and quite well too. Not everything is about one way to do things. Making your sleep work really is important and I don't want to under emphasize the priority it requires.

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