Originally Posted by poetalan
to sail single handed. The jib
, 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
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
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.