Originally Posted by dfelsent
The books are awesome but can really only cover technical skills. Something you already have that the books do not cover is the stuff that happensp inside your head.
That for me, is the real challenge.
Alone at night offshore It is beautiful but you have to be ready to deal with the storms from inside your head as well as the storms in the physical world.
Beats the crap out of any therapy I’ve experienced.
You are absolutely right about that.
To the OP: After about the tenth day at sea, it is easy to forget you are on a boat
at all, and at night I found I sometimes in light winds I couldn't tell if the boat
was sailing backwards or forward and had to spit in the water
and shine a light to see if it went backwards or forwards. My mind would play tricks at night. Perhaps it was the anti sea sickness
pills? I get deathly sea sick the first three days.
By the twentieth day or so I felt I wanted to stay offshore and never get back to land, it was perfect temperature and weather
, apart from a few short squalls, and I loved the isolation and the fiddling with charting and mechanical stuff around the boat.
But I did talk a lot to inanimate objects. Thank God for he Ham rig and the Sat phone
so I could occasionally talk to other yachties safely at home.
As far as single handed advice
goes, most of the books written on the subject are a bit scary, and it's not scary at all if you are in the right part of the Ocean, below about 30 degrees N, outside hurricane
season. The safest place ever is a boat slipping through a moonlit night a thousand miles from land, with the kettle on, and a good book to read. Sometimes I watch movies in the cockpit
while I keep an eye out for traffic. I always have a fifteen minute egg timer alarm
, so that when I sleep it is only for fifteen minutes, then I check for shipping
, check the heading of the wind vane
and boat speed, and nod off to sleep again. I did this for a month straight. Felt a bit groggy at the end and slept like a log for a couple of days.
you like is important. Knowing how to forecast
weather from NOAA charts
that you download several times a day is important, because you can tell where to go to avoid weather you don't like the look of. And it gives you something to do.
Practically speaking the biggest problem is dealing with having no-one to talk to, for me at least. Some people love the aloneness. One sailor had a dog for company all around the world. I think the dog is a good idea.
I would say, just go sailing single handed a lot more to find out what your weak spot is, then fix it when you get home, and go again.
I was thinking of going out like the Vikings, alone on my boat drifting through the Oceans until my time is up. Gruesome thought? Nicer than dying in a rest home, though. Only single handers can even think this way.
So you are joining a very small group of eccentrics. Not many around the world these days. You can probably start a book yourself on what you find out. I am sure it would make interesting reading.