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Old 05-30-2013, 01:37 AM   #1
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What was the biggest boat that you have singlehanded?

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Old 05-30-2013, 01:53 AM   #2
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42 Californian with twins, no issue with my upwind slip but she was a handful in a cross wind.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:10 AM   #4
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54 Sea Ray motoryacht..

size matters less than talent, equipment, destinations and routes plus what schedule you are willing to keep/break.

once you get beyond a boat you can manhandle, often the second set of hands becomes more than a luxury.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:06 AM   #6
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My second wife ruptured her achilles tendon in Friday Harbor while we were chartering a Pacific Trawler 37'. To get her to a medical specialist, I single handed the boat back to Anacortes on a Sunday, when I knew there wouldn't be any dock hands to help. I planned the trip to arrive at slack tide to avoid any cross currents and fortunately there was no crosswind. It was a two boat slip so there was very little margin for error. The main problem is tying the lines before you drift into the boat next to you. The greater the distance from the control station to the dock the longer the time the boat has to drift. I jumped over the side rail and tied the center line, but if the boat is tall that might not be an option.

I learned that you always have to have a contingency plan. If you're single handing a boat and you have a major health problem while underway you could die. Lifeline doesn't work beyond the radio horizon. If there are only two people aboard, both need to be able to single hand the boat. I think having bow and stern thrusters would help a lot. Most electric thrusters have a limited duty cycle and they will shut down when they get too hot (i.e. when you need them most).
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:45 AM   #7
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:31 AM   #9
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Hey, glad to see you are back and/or still around.

Our 58 ft Roughwater, single with bow thruster. My wife is usually with me but being the admiral she tells me what to do, which she has done for the 23 years we been married. So nothing new! The only rule I have is she has to stay in the pilot house with me so I know where she is and she is OK.

Did you see one of the Choy Lees you where looking at sold and on her own bottom going to I believe Australia? I still think the 60+ ft Choy Lee is the best boat and meets your requirements.
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My boat. I've singlehanded it twice, both relatively short trips from our marina to another about 10 miles away. To get into that one there's a very narrow entrance that requires crabbing against the current then straightening out just before entering the cut.

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Old 05-30-2013, 04:54 PM   #11
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My boat has 56' and I already navegated solo some times

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Old 05-30-2013, 05:17 PM   #12
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Ah our dear GALAXYGIRL, now she and her mom want to single handle the oceans? You want to save some money on your 100 footer?

Okay, mine. Maybe the best choice for you and your 5 kids.....

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Old 05-30-2013, 07:07 PM   #13
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Hey, glad to see you are back and/or still around.

Our 58 ft Roughwater, single with bow thruster. My wife is usually with me but being the admiral she tells me what to do, which she has done for the 23 years we been married. So nothing new! The only rule I have is she has to stay in the pilot house with me so I know where she is and she is OK.

Did you see one of the Choy Lees you where looking at sold and on her own bottom going to I believe Australia? I still think the 60+ ft Choy Lee is the best boat and meets your requirements.
Thanks for the welcome back Phil. I hadn't really left, sometimes I just need to regroup and/or take a break.

Still trying to find my boat.

I think your talking about the Sopressa that sold. That was an a very nice boat.
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Ah our dear GALAXYGIRL, now she and her mom want to single handle the oceans? You want to save some money on your 100 footer?

Okay, mine. Maybe the best choice for you and your 5 kids.....

PS, I can recomment her Blog at; The Blog of GALAXYGIRL
Nope, hope I never HAVE to singlehand, but as many have said, one must be prepared for anything, right. So, I'm information gathering.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:53 PM   #16
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My second wife ruptured her achilles tendon in Friday Harbor while we were chartering a Pacific Trawler 37'. To get her to a medical specialist, I single handed the boat back to Anacortes on a Sunday, when I knew there wouldn't be any dock hands to help. I planned the trip to arrive at slack tide to avoid any cross currents and fortunately there was no crosswind. It was a two boat slip so there was very little margin for error. The main problem is tying the lines before you drift into the boat next to you. The greater the distance from the control station to the dock the longer the time the boat has to drift. I jumped over the side rail and tied the center line, but if the boat is tall that might not be an option.

I learned that you always have to have a contingency plan. If you're single handing a boat and you have a major health problem while underway you could die. Lifeline doesn't work beyond the radio horizon. If there are only two people aboard, both need to be able to single hand the boat. I think having bow and stern thrusters would help a lot. Most electric thrusters have a limited duty cycle and they will shut down when they get too hot (i.e. when you need them most).
So, I suppose singlehanding is really all about docking without help and line handling without help? Yeah, your story sounds kind of hairy. I can see how someone could break a sweat in that situation. Would you not have just anchored out until Monday when a dock hand would be back?
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So, I suppose singlehanding is really all about docking without help and line handling without help? Yeah, your story sounds kind of hairy. I can see how someone could break a sweat in that situation. Would you not have just anchored out until Monday when a dock hand would be back?
Yes, in my humble opinion, the hard part is docking. The hardest part of the actual trip was running to the head leaving the autopilot driving. The channels were pretty congested, being a Sunday, but I was able to wait for a gap in the traffic.

We had an early Monday morning appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. I had to rent a wheelchair and roll my wife up the ramp before the tide went out.

The marina we were going to was on the leeward side of the island, so I knew I'd be OK at slack tide. A good navigation system helps a lot in planning your arrival time around the tide.
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On long passages single handling is not wise...even shorter ones....especially on a large power vessel. Too many chores to be taken care of while still moving and stopping may not be an option due to motion.

Just because you can single hand for short trips, doesn't really mean much....in the long run you do what you have to do in dangerous situations to survive. But that's NOT how the voyage is supposed to be planned.

If voyaging with kids...you aren't single handling because they still can be look outs, basic watch standers and drop a loop over a cleat or a piling while docking. With at least 2 adults and several kids...most coastal cruising and reasonable ocean legs can be done in relative safety.
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On long passages single handling is not wise...even shorter ones....especially on a large power vessel. Too many chores to be taken care of while still moving and stopping may not be an option due to motion.

Just because you can single hand for short trips, doesn't really mean much....in the long run you do what you have to do in dangerous situations to survive. But that's NOT how the voyage is supposed to be planned.
Agree with this. I once had the midnight watch on a 76-foot Alden catch on a blue-water run from Norfolk to the Virgins. The rest of the crew was asleep--including the guy who was supposed to be sharing watch--and I often was at the helm feeling like I was the only one on the boat, or on earth for that matter. That was close enough for me. While the overall experience was fantastic, I found myself running scenarios about what I'd do if systems failed or conditions turned bad. Not something I'd want to do on my own.
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Nope, hope I never HAVE to singlehand, but as many have said, one must be prepared for anything, right. So, I'm information gathering.
60+ years old, crossed the Atlantic 7 times single handed (the 8th time brings me back to Europe) I can tell you that single handle a vessel is the best there is. Being alone with the elements, walking naked, not need to be social, eat catch and just accept what Neptune gives.

This is not the live for every one, my first wife did not like boats. My beautiful young Brazil wife is very afraid of boats, coming from a small island in Brazil, ones when she moved house from one island to an other, with the help of her grandmother, she needed to dump all her lovely belonings like her washing machine, television etc. just to keep the boat flooting. She thinks i am a mad man with my love for the seas.

But she like the ride of our over hp machine.
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