Originally Posted by 44'cruisingcat
It really depends on how the boat is set up. I sailed a 40ft racing
mono that needed 6 people minimum to sail. Other even bigger boats can be easily single
Yes, its all about set up, its not a cat vs mono question.
Its not about size either (up to a point), a Hobie 16 is more of a handful to single
hand in a good breeze than most mid size cruising cats (but does not require an "expert" as posted, good basic skills will do).
I'm assisting with a Lagoon
38 right now that is very well set up for single handing. All lines led to helm
(except topping lift), single line reefing on main, roller furling jib
, couldn't be much easier. Good visibility from helm
so single hand docking
is easy too, esp given that at 38' you dont have huge expanses of deck
between you and the dock
Inexperienced husband and wife just sailed it from Martinique
with me along to provide assistance and peace of mind. I spent most of the time napping in the cockpit
, only providing occasional assistance and guidance. Tough gig.
Size does come into play in bigger cats. The L38's bigger brother, the Lagoon
50, is also easy to single handed with some exceptions. All lines are led to the fly bridge cockpit
winches are standard (needed for the loads on a big cat, would definately need crew, and porperly sized winches, without them), so single handed sailing is easy. The fly bridge is great for visibility when docking
, but makes it nearly impractical to dock
single handed (can be done, but certainly not conveniently). All thats need is one crew though to handle lines.