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Re: [bolger] Re: Soloing the Light schooner

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  • John and Kathy Trussell
    I found I could manage my Scooner singlehanded by sailing under main alone. There was noticeable weather helm... JohnT ... From: alias1719 To:
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      I found I could manage my "Scooner" singlehanded by sailing under main alone. There was noticeable weather helm...

      JohnT
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: alias1719
      To: bolger@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 4:06 PM
      Subject: [bolger] Re: Soloing the Light schooner


      --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, "Dave" <dwestdal@...> wrote:
      >
      > Jim,
      >
      > Does this sound crazy? I was thinking about adding a second
      dagger
      > board on the port side, and putting in steel dagger boards. All
      > sheets and halyards would be lead to the aft cockpit to enable
      solo
      > sailing.
      >

      It doesn't sound so crazy, if that's the boat you've got. I wouldn't
      build one with solo sailing in mind, though.

      Personally, I'd forgo the extra daggerboard. If you wanted some
      extra peace of mind, you might consider a weighted daggerboard,
      though. Bolger's singlehanded ("His and Her") schooner has
      one . . . .

      Leading all lines aft would be a must, as would be good weather,
      nice warm water, reefing early, having good floatation, a big bucket
      and a pump, and lots of practice at righting a (big) capsized boat.

      I've sailed a Light Schooner, though it was not rigged for
      singlehanding, of course. It was a handful with 3 people in puffy
      conditions . . . .

      I'd certainly singlehand one in the right situation, though I'd plan
      on getting wet.
      Just my opinion.

      Dave Gentry






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