Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 01-11-2010, 20:02   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 11
Smile New Member

Hi there

New member seeking to enjoy cruising. Have my own 34' steel sailing cruiser, but not completely set up for single handed sailing. Looking to crew for others.
I enjoy music, current affairs, debating & writing poetry
TC
Poetalan
__________________

__________________
poetalan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2010, 20:21   #2
Registered User
 
NotQuiteLost's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Paradise (better known to most people as: Philippines)
Boat: 65' Custom Steel Ketch
Posts: 322
Images: 4
Good to have you aboard, Poetalan!

Glad to hear you chose the proper hull material for a boat, as well At that size, there shouldn't be much beside radar with proximity alarm and windvane/autopilot needed for safe long-distance singlehanding. The rigging is small enough to be easily handled by one person, and there's likely plenty of space for your self and stuff.

Where are you located?
__________________

NotQuiteLost is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2010, 21:09   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 11
Steering

Hi NQL
I'm learning to sail single handed. The jib is furling, but not the main.
I'm looking for vane self steering, but new units are so expensive. As for radar, that's after self steering. She's a sound boat, well built. Not too fast but safe. Just fitted a new Kubota engine. The 35 yr old Perkins came out with it's hands up.
Moored Pittwater, Sydney. So beautiful here
TC
Alan
__________________
poetalan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2010, 00:21   #4
Registered User
 
NotQuiteLost's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Paradise (better known to most people as: Philippines)
Boat: 65' Custom Steel Ketch
Posts: 322
Images: 4
Quote:
Originally Posted by poetalan View Post
Hi NQL
I'm learning to sail single handed. The jib is furling, but not the main.
I'm looking for vane self steering, but new units are so expensive. As for radar, that's after self steering. She's a sound boat, well built. Not too fast but safe. Just fitted a new Kubota engine. The 35 yr old Perkins came out with it's hands up.
Moored Pittwater, Sydney. So beautiful here
TC
Alan
If you're mechanically inclined, you can get good instruction sets online for building your own windvane. They're not that expensive to do yourself, and most of the kits/instructions I've seen people talk about would work just fine for a heavy 34' boat.

Does your main have reef points? If it does, then solo-sailing should be a cinch Just run with less canvas than you think is 'proper' for the situation, and it gives you that fudge factor if you happen to wake up with 15 knots more than you went to sleep with. Life's about the journey anyways, right? Who needs the extra half knot of speed?

Also, the cheap little weatherstations usually have alarms that can be set for when the wind reaches a certain speed. Really, technology has made it a lot simpler for solo-sailors.

During my last eighty day passage, I actually got plenty of sleep. Six hours or so uninterrupted for about five nights per week was plenty to keep me fresh and sane.
NotQuiteLost is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2010, 02:20   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 11
Kit

As I'm reasonable with spanners & drill I will investigate the kit option
Any ideas where to start??
Fortunately the main has 2 reefing positions. I haven't been out in really heavy weather yet. That pleasure awaits me, but I have a good sea anchor made from a car tyre and marine ply, & plan to use it in that instance.
I sleep well on the boat too. I think it's to do with the energy expended in staying upright whilst awake.

TC

Alan
__________________
poetalan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2010, 06:39   #6
Registered User
 
NotQuiteLost's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Paradise (better known to most people as: Philippines)
Boat: 65' Custom Steel Ketch
Posts: 322
Images: 4
I don't know any sites off-hand, and my internet connection is too slow to go surfing for links. A google search is probably a quick way to find something, and if you don't find anything in the next day or so I'll see what I can dig up when I've got better access.

Also, I know some people here used designs they found in sailing books on Amazon.com. But again, I don't remember names.
NotQuiteLost is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-11-2010, 10:56   #7
Senior Cruiser
 
SkiprJohn's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Kea'au, Big Island, Hawaii
Boat: Cascade, Sloop, 42 - "Casual"
Posts: 14,192
Aloha and welcome aboard!
Good to have you here and good luck on getting out there sailing.
kind regards,
__________________

__________________
John
SkiprJohn is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New member Mike White Meets & Greets 5 12-07-2008 13:18
New member from NZ stuartcnz Meets & Greets 23 17-01-2007 16:49
New member alohaboat Meets & Greets 8 12-01-2007 13:36
New Member Gemini Meets & Greets 9 06-01-2007 11:54
hello from new member Craftsman Meets & Greets 3 30-12-2006 16:29



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 22:25.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.