Single handed sailing set up

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stephen.ayre
Single handed sailing set up

Hi All
With this extra boat modification time on my hands I've been thinking about what I'd need to do to make our X single handed
Am I missing something from this list

Need sliders on the mainsail (so probably new sail, as our doyle is the original)
Blocks on the boom to give me reefing options
I've already got a BWY bracket which fits under the mast to allow blocks to be fitted
Deck organiser
Jammers/clutches

Thinking 4 clutches main up,main down,reef1 and reef 2, two on either side or the roof. sound right ?
Where would you fit the deck organisers, I think the mast raising brackets/clamps might be in the place I'd need the organisers ?
Do I need lazy jacks ?

TIA

Stephen and Julia

Francesca
Macgregor 26x (2003)

james.brine
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Hi Steven,

Hi Steven,

I have all my lines running aft. At present, I have block like you on a ring/bracket at the base of the mast going to blocks mounted to the guard rail stanchions. This is a quick and easy way to do it but not the prettiest and I too am looking at deck organisers. I believe it should be possible to mount 2-3 sheave organisers behind the stanchion and baby stay brackets. This should allow access to fixings by removing the interior lights/plastic bungs inside. May I suggest Spinlock px clam cleats. They are cheaper than clutches and allow locking/releasing lines one handed and from the steering position.
You shouldn't need to replace the main. I just got a sail maker to see slugs/slides onto the luff over the bolt rope. If you have the presence of mind to spray the mast slot with ptfe dry spray lubricant, the main drops faster than you can say 'force 10'. I would say sail bag/lazy jacks a must with this system otherwise you're going to be clambering over the deck anyway to flake the sail.

I have topping lift, reef 1 and 2 on port side. Main halyard, outhaul and forsail furler line on starboard.

To answer your question: have I forgotten anything? You definitely need an autohelm or at very least a means of locking the rudder position so you can attend the sail raising and lowering however smoothly they work. The raymarine stuff usually has an auto tack function so you can swap the fore sail sheets while your boat goes neatly through the wind. An autopilot may sound like a luxury but when you're on your own in the rough or a sail sticks, you need the boat to point where you put it as the macs have no walkways down the side so you're balancing on a raised cabin roof.

hope this gives you some ideas.

cheers, Jamie

james.brine
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Oo, another thing, if you can

Oo, another thing, if you can find any and they're in your budget, self tailing winches make the whole affair a lot more enjoyable. Failing that fit some clam cleats somewhere to hold the sheets after they leave the winches. J

rick.jones
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If you don't want to swap out

If you don't want to swap out the winches, have a look at Barton Winchers. They're a rubber device that pushes over the top of the winch and grips the rope, having a similar effect to self-tailers.

Just make sure to fit them the right way up! They go conical face down, which isn't always that obvious.

Rick Jones (Treasurer) 1994 Mac 19 "White Lightning", Isle of Wight

david.claassen
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EZ cleats are the best when

EZ cleats are the best when single-handing. I hardly ever use my winches.

David Claassen

"Logan's Run"

2006 26M

john.pompei
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Hi David

Hi David

What are EZ cleats ?

I am always single handed at the moment and just use the jib not Genoa as I find it more difficult to use the winches alone

Regards

John

david.claassen
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David Claassen

"Logan's Run"

2006 26M