View Poll Results: Longest cruising yacht for single-handed sailors?

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  • 27-29ft

    8 5.06%
  • 30-32ft

    13 8.23%
  • 33-35ft

    28 17.72%
  • 36-38ft

    43 27.22%
  • 39-41ft

    19 12.03%
  • 42-44ft

    47 29.75%
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  1. #31
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    Default Re: Poll: Longest cruising yacht for single-handed sailors?

    Thanks for the additional input. This is all really useful information.

    The results so far are:

    27-29ft 3votes 4.00%

    30-32ft 6 votes 8.00%

    33-35ft 14 votes 18.67%

    36-38ft 19 votes 25.33%

    39-41ft 9 votes 12.00%

    42-44ft 24 votes 32.00%

    Total votes 75

    It’s worth noting that the 42-44ft option most probably should be interpretted as 42-44ft and above, as quite a few voters would have preferred to vote for a longer yacht than 44ft.

    Thanks again; and if you haven't voted, please vote now as I intend to keep the poll open indefinately.
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  2. #32
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    Default Re: Poll: Longest cruising yacht for single-handed sailors?

    I keep coming back to the Amel range. Everything is designed so that physical strength is not needed and Henri Amel used to single hand his 53' Super Maramu in his 80's.

  3. #33
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    Default Re: Poll: Longest cruising yacht for single-handed sailors?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sybarite View Post
    I keep coming back to the Amel range. Everything is designed so that physical strength is not needed and Henri Amel used to single hand his 53' Super Maramu in his 80's.
    Superb boats and lots have made the trip round with just a couple onboard.

    I have reservations about the reliance on electric motors for sailhandling on the models above 45 ft.
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  4. #34
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    Default Re: Poll: Longest cruising yacht for single-handed sailors?

    Quote Originally Posted by TQA View Post
    Superb boats and lots have made the trip round with just a couple onboard.

    I have reservations about the reliance on electric motors for sailhandling on the models above 45 ft.
    All electric furling devices have back up winch handle capability.

    Amel refused to have hydraulic furling because, in the event of a problem, hydraulic engineers are not readily available in the back of beyond whereas electric motors can be found everywhere.

  5. #35
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    Default Re: Poll: Longest cruising yacht for single-handed sailors?

    Quote Originally Posted by TQA View Post
    ... I have reservations about the reliance on electric motors for sailhandling on ...
    A quick read of this thread puts me off electrics for sail handling
    http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread...otor-How-Much-!

  6. #36
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    Default Re: Poll: Longest cruising yacht for single-handed sailors?

    I sailed my 41 footer no problem, two up it was a doddle.

    but I was carrying around a lot of empty boat for no benefit.

  7. #37
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    Default Re: Poll: Longest cruising yacht for single-handed sailors?

    This poll dos'nt go down small enough when you consider all the maintenance & cost that a bigger boat entails.

    A Macwester 27 mark two would be perfect

  8. #38
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    Default Re: Poll: Longest cruising yacht for single-handed sailors?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas123 View Post
    This poll dos'nt go down small enough when you consider all the maintenance & cost that a bigger boat entails.

    A Macwester 27 mark two would be perfect
    Lowest category is 27-29 foot - so you can be included. However, think most would agree that 27' is very small for two people to live comfortably together!

    Anyway the question was not about that - he was asking the longest boat suitable for single handing - hence the bias in the responses to larger boats. He did not ask about costs.

  9. #39
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    Default Re: Poll: Longest cruising yacht for single-handed sailors?

    Single handed boat handling (of any size) will teach you lots and lots about the most important word in sailing - ANTICIPATION.

    The size of the boat will become less and less important to you as experience grows. We run 62' (33 tons) with just the two of us which in reality means that I am effectively single-handed much of the time. The size of the boat makes it simpler in some circumstances and more difficult in others, but everyone should single hand even if only around the local area - it teaches you to properly prioritise, to prepare, and to ANTICIPATE.

    Whatever the size of the boat just take every opportunity to practice - a 45' would seem no different to 35' to me now, but 35 years ago it certainly would have done! Try to get whatever bigger boat experience you can with as many people as you can and the size thing will become pretty much irrelevant.

    Ps. Did I mention ANTICIPATION!

  10. #40
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    Default Re: Poll: Longest cruising yacht for single-handed sailors?

    Well in my case I voted 42-44 because there was not another option, but meaning that 42 is really the top. This is because the sail area of a 42ft is just about at the limit a "cruiser" single hander can manage in comfort.

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