So I was thinking about this thread yesterday when I went out on my boat alone because, after taking a quarreling family
out for the afternoon, I needed to get out on my own to relax! I was thinking of folks who write in here who are buying
their first boat that is 35 or 40 or 45 feet and thinking that it is a real shame that they will miss out on all those fun hours of being out on a small boat, alone, really learning
how to make a boat go, or stop. In fact I will go out on a not-very-long limb and propose that being able to singlehand your own boat should be a requirement (that you hold for yourself.) I am not sure you can really know your boat, know how to sail and know yourself without sailing your own boat by yourself, can you?
Thinking of this reminded me of a time many years ago when I watched a guy tack his Valiant 40 into Santa Barbara harbor and to his upwind slip, with no roller furling
and no one else on board. It was a real inspiration and opened my eyes to what is possible.