[QUOTE=Suijin;1720540]I gybe a lot when I'm headed downwind. When I'm single handing I just sheet it in, center the traveller, then deal with the jib
as I bring the boat through DDW. It's one reason to reef conservatively when single handing...just makes sails
easier to handle when you only have two hands.
It's worth mentioning that gybes don't always come with warning. Offshore, at night, when it's pitch black and you get jumped by a fierce squall out of nowhere, you need to take instant preventative measures regardless of your direction on the wind. 50 knot gusts that shift wildly can toast your boom hardware in an instant if you don't. Boom vangs are particularly vulnerable. I've seen one, of 1/4" stainless plate, bent like it was warm toffee, bolts ripped right out of the boom, after one hard gybe.[/
How can you say this?!!!!! Didn't you read the above posts? ITS SIMPLE! Especially when singlehanding
a 45 footer in 30 knots!
All you have to do is:
* steer the boat gradually and smoothly across,
*while pulling in the mainsheet to center,
*while bringing the jib across,
*without catching on the staysail stay,
*with various line spaghetti surrounding your feet,
*releasing the main once over and
*while pulling the headsail around,
*followed by winching it in,
*after you have put in the winch
*and taking 3 wraps, .....in a controlled manner!
What could be simpler!