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Old 01-20-2022, 01:43 PM   #1
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Of interest to those that single hand

I came across a YouTube video channel of a Sailor in the Netherlands that single hands a 49' Trawler through the canals and seas of Holland. His boat is well set up and it may be of an interest to those who regularly single hand their vessels.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA...9g5bCWCY01lJ4g

I sent him a link to this forum
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Old 01-20-2022, 03:49 PM   #2
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I was just watching his videos last night. Very interesting and was impressed with how his boat is set up
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Old 01-22-2022, 09:35 AM   #3
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Interesting for sure. I watched his first video and I was surprised when he was leaving the dock, how little he used his bow thruster, and how he seemed to sit for a very long time in what seemed to me to be a vulnerable position at an angle.

Easy to criticize I know, Iím one season into a Mainship 390 and am only a total $hit show about half the time lol, but when I use the thruster I tend to ďget on itĒ and move the boat before something else moves me.
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Old 01-22-2022, 10:11 AM   #4
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I question his offshore experience. That boat was in no way secured for sea. He learned a lesson I hope.
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Old 01-22-2022, 10:18 AM   #5
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No need to secure for sea if not going there...maybe they don't get big wakes there. But when I run the ICW, it's not the same as going to sea.

People are amazed when I dock solo, that I walk around the boat while it is moving (engine not engaged) and how slow or long I sit checking things out before I return to the wheelhouse....its just experience.
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Old 01-22-2022, 12:15 PM   #6
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I question his offshore experience. That boat was in no way secured for sea. He learned a lesson I hope.
Agreed. I only watched one video where his helm seat was a high chair on wheels! Then he gets into a little swell (not breaking) and his seat is careening back and forth. Who would have guessed? And the sound track has crashing "housewares" in the back ground. Maybe the video is intended as sarcasm? It is the vessel Lady Lies Alot?
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Ooops...guess I should have watched...but I generally don't watch suggested videos as few are really useful to me.

Sorry.....
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Old 01-22-2022, 01:54 PM   #8
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I question his offshore experience. That boat was in no way secured for sea. He learned a lesson I hope.
Hi,

He doesnít have to move off shore. The EU Inland waterway allows you to travel on sheltered routes in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium even Switzerland, not very salty, but cruising ...

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I came across a YouTube video channel of a Sailor in the Netherlands that single hands a 49' Trawler through the canals and seas of Holland. His boat is well set up and it may be of an interest to those who regularly single hand their vessels.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpA...9g5bCWCY01lJ4g

I sent him a link to this forum
He has about 3 camera each side plus one aft and one fwd plus at least one in the pilot house plus one on a tripod.
He is not afraid to run one one engine.
He is very confident in boat his boat and auto pilot.
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People are amazed when I dock solo, that I walk around the boat while it is moving (engine not engaged) and how slow or long I sit checking things out before I return to the wheelhouse....its just experience.

Iím looking forward to a little more experience and slowing things down a bit.
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Iím looking forward to a little more experience and slowing things down a bit.
It's a great feeling.... it does take some time/practice.

Like the joke goes...it's recreational boating... it shouldn't be stressful.
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He has a low cost boarding ladder.
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Must confess I didnít watch the videos. Have any of you met Herb Seaton aboard Phantom a 53í trawler. Former AGLCA Port Captain & quite a character. He has single handed the loop twice. After I watched him doing the Trent Severn Waterway, I added a Bluetooth remote to my Sidepower bow & stern thrusters. Now I single hand all the time.
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Have single handed twice from Anacortes to Sitka and back. 34ft CHB. Last time was in Dec. and Jan, 2015. The secret is preparation and extreme safety decisions. That means mustang suit for all the trip. Tethered to boat all the time. Plan every day and every leg completely prior to each days departure. Plan and prepare (spare parts) for everything that can be repaired while underway or at anchor. Expect everything to fail. Remember the weather controls your trip, not a fixed schedule. File a float plan and stick to it. In 22yrs of SAR I've found that if people (family) know where you are and where you should be, You will be found if needed. Single handing can be a great time if you've planned each evolution and followed the plan. It also makes for great cruising.
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