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Book   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 01, 2009 - 12:33 pm - My tip is a book. "Singlehanded Sailing" by Richard Henderson. Lots of tips and info. My favorite is preparing your anchor beforehand with a ...
Jun 01, 2009 - 09:54 pm - Second that, a great book~
Jun 19, 2009 - 11:36 am - ditto
Jun 19, 2009 - 03:39 pm - Lucky me to have such a great prior owner and friend.

Mast Base Steering   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

Jun 04, 2009 - 12:33 pm - Problem:Steering while reefing at the mast.Solution: When Single-handing I have used 4 small snatch blocks and about 50 ft of 7/16? line.Two blocks ar...
Jun 04, 2009 - 09:03 pm - any thoughts about hoving to and reefing after the boat settles????
Jun 05, 2009 - 11:53 am - It is a great Idea! if you have the sea room and are not raceing, in a channel or river, it is the best!! However the above line works great for this ...
Jun 12, 2009 - 06:33 pm - I don't do much single handed sailing but would like to make changes so single handing is easier.Are their photo's of how anyone setup their lines bac...
Jun 15, 2009 - 04:50 pm - I am attaching some pre BBQ pictures of the mast base stearing line on a W32
Jun 15, 2009 - 05:02 pm - opps I gota do that spelling check thing!Hope the above helps out with the pictures.Note: the lines run about 10" above the side decks and they ar...
Jun 15, 2009 - 05:29 pm - Steers like Herreshoff's Coquina :-)
Jun 15, 2009 - 06:08 pm - Great pic's -- helps a lot.Thanks.Jay
Jun 15, 2009 - 07:03 pm - Michael your right, Darn I did reinvented the wheel agian. Oh well it still rolls thanks for the refrence.Jay if you do this, measure all the distance...

Single Handed Anchoring   (Active)   Show Entire Thread

Mar 10, 2011 - 12:05 pm - In an old post we talked about arriving at an anchorage and getting the anchor down and set singlehanded. Several Westsailors added their input on the...
Mar 10, 2011 - 04:29 pm - Hola Lee I bet this is the voice of experience on your trip heading North. Hope all is well. Doug and Jody

Single Handed Anchoring     Show Entire Thread

Mar 10, 2011 - 12:05 pm - In an old post we talked about arriving at an anchorage and getting the anchor down and set singlehanded. Several Westsailors added their input on the...
Mar 10, 2011 - 04:29 pm - Hola Lee I bet this is the voice of experience on your trip heading North. Hope all is well. Doug and Jody

Single Handed Anchoring     Show Entire Thread

Mar 10, 2011 - 12:05 pm - In an old post we talked about arriving at an anchorage and getting the anchor down and set singlehanded. Several Westsailors added their input on the...
Mar 10, 2011 - 04:29 pm - Hola Lee I bet this is the voice of experience on your trip heading North. Hope all is well. Doug and Jody

The Holy Grail Of Singlehanding- Safe And Controlled Docking!   (Archived)   Show Entire Thread

May 30, 2009 - 11:15 am - oK, So I only leave my slip when I've got 15k or less, more or less on the nose or with a tide to help counter the wind... Coming back in a little les...
May 31, 2009 - 07:31 am - This is one area as a single hander that I fear most. My thoughts are to try to be patient and wait it out on anchor for the winds/tide to be in my fa...
Jun 02, 2009 - 09:13 am - For a couple of years I had trouble getting back into my slip, alone or not. My slip was next to (and just past) a large power boat, so I had to make ...
Jun 02, 2009 - 10:33 pm - From my slip, I have to back to stbd. to get out. Of course, she won't turn that direction in reverse so I have to put the engine in reverse with the ...
Jun 05, 2009 - 08:30 am - I think the key is knowing what the boat is going to do in various conditions.My bow blows off in the wind very quickly, so, often I have to back the ...
Jun 05, 2009 - 08:43 am - Sail magazine recently had an article singing the praises of bow thrusters, and it started me thinking. Has anybody gotten one for a W32? Last month a...
Jun 09, 2009 - 06:47 pm - If you want to install a bow thruster, I would recommend one that uses a high pressure water pump, and shoots a jet of water port or starboard. A sele...
Jun 10, 2009 - 11:17 am - Is this system a proprietary system, and if so, who makes it? How is it controlled?Frank
Jun 10, 2009 - 02:17 pm - I have seen ads for a waterjet system, but do not recall in what magazine it was. If I run across it again, I will let you know. The control is a sele...
Jul 09, 2009 - 10:28 pm - I purchased a highly recommended book a few years ago that has been helpful to me and may help others. Actually, I need to read it again. Bought it us...
Jul 10, 2009 - 02:31 pm - Back some time before 2000I thought I needed a bow thruster (but it is really Not needed, unless in real tight areas with cross current)My original Id...
Jul 31, 2009 - 01:06 pm - Just make it four cents. Prior owner Ken just sent me a great Richard Henderson book, Single Handed Sailing. George Shaunfield tells me it is a classi...
Nov 02, 2009 - 08:55 am - Anyone have any tricks to share on anchoring when single-handing? I'm especially interested in the back end of the operation, weighing the anchor when...
Nov 02, 2009 - 09:28 am - I set up this to help me. I had all chain rode that took me some time to get up. So I got a light weight Danforth type anchor with a short bit of 1/4...
Nov 02, 2009 - 01:42 pm - terry,I have singlehanded the bahamas a few times and my setup is an electric windlass and 100 ft of heavy 3/8ths ht chain and a 45 lb delta.I get the...
Dec 25, 2009 - 07:09 pm - This is more of a piloting question but since I just completed my first solo journey (Lake Worth, Fla. to Lucaya, Grand Bahama) I'll post it here. I w...
Dec 25, 2009 - 07:39 pm - Scott, you can't always go by your depth sounder or the charts. Mine is often confused by fish swimming near the transducer. Take your best guess, but...
Dec 25, 2009 - 08:15 pm - Mike,Thanks for the speedy response, I actually did manage to ground myself a couple of times in the Indian River while heading south for Lake Worth. ...
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