I'm a sailor since I was 12 (I'm 65). I've been boatless most my life, borrowing or chartering boats. Finally I went out three years ago and bought myself a 30-year old Dufour
27 which I have moored off Islesboro Maine
. Thus far I've not done so much as an overnight, though I bought it with the intent of taking limited 3-4 day cruises around Penobscot Bay and Islands (probably one of the most beautiful and interesting places to sail in the world). I say that having sailed in Korea
, Puget Sound
, Long Island
(NY) and Massachusetts
. Anyway, crusing onmy "pocket cruiser" is not, to my considerable dispair, not appealing to my wife so I need to go it alone.
Long story short, I need to "rig for single
handling". Son (mechanic experience) and I plan to do modifications which I assume is primarily running main halyard
back to cockpit
(jib is roller furled). In particular, I want to get the sails
down fast when I see a squall approaching. Don't want to invest in autopilot
but... wonder if there are any good books
on doing mods to accomodate single
handling. Also any other ideas about things to consider or do. Appreciate any thoughts....