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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Is a Sigma 38 too lively to singlehand?

    It's a while since I sailed a sigma 38 but I can't say I'd fancy mucking about with running backstays single handed if having to short tack one in a blow

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Is a Sigma 38 too lively to singlehand?

    Quote Originally Posted by laika View Post
    It's a while since I sailed a sigma 38 but I can't say I'd fancy mucking about with running backstays single handed if having to short tack one in a blow
    In a blow, you will make good progress with two reefs in not fussing with the runners.

    Biggest issue with race boats is that they are set up to be efficiently run by 'n' people, so the controls are spread around and not easy for one person to reach.
    When you want to add a sprayhood, it often implies serious re-arrangement of the deck gear.

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    Default Re: Is a Sigma 38 too lively to singlehand?

    Quote Originally Posted by laika View Post
    It's a while since I sailed a sigma 38 but I can't say I'd fancy mucking about with running backstays single handed if having to short tack one in a blow
    We cruised a lot more than we raced, the runners continued to be rigged but rarely deployed, though when it was blowing really hard we still might put them on, just a comfort to have that bit of extra support though the backstay had a hydraulic ram to make it easy to crank up.
    Moodys with their forest of shrouds came out of the same yard but with very different designers.
    Last edited by Quandary; 17-09-19 at 18:13.

  4. #14
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    Default Re: Is a Sigma 38 too lively to singlehand?

    Surely the running backstays are only a problem when gybing?

  5. #15
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    Default Re: Is a Sigma 38 too lively to singlehand?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomahawk View Post
    The thing with larger boats is the weight of the sails and difficulty in doing things like setting a kite.
    The OP didn't tell us how much he weighs!

    Mike.

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    Default Re: Is a Sigma 38 too lively to singlehand?

    Quote Originally Posted by James W View Post
    I'm single handing, but that doesn't necessarily mean I'm on my own. My wife will have her hands full with three little monsters!
    Single handed is not quite the same as not on your own.
    If better half can help with mooring up etc by putting the children in the cabin for a few minutes and grab the first cleat your sailing. lfe is much easier. Ditto bits like stowing the main. Only needs a couple of minutes which can be managed with a bit of planning between you.

    Go see the boat..... and report back.
    Life is too short to drink bad wine.

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    Default Re: Is a Sigma 38 too lively to singlehand?

    Quote Originally Posted by mjcoon View Post
    The OP didn't tell us how much he weighs!

    Mike.
    Not that much!

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    Default Re: Is a Sigma 38 too lively to singlehand?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomahawk View Post
    Single handed is not quite the same as not on your own.
    If better half can help with mooring up etc by putting the children in the cabin for a few minutes and grab the first cleat your sailing. lfe is much easier. Ditto bits like stowing the main. Only needs a couple of minutes which can be managed with a bit of planning between you.

    Go see the boat..... and report back.
    That's true, as long as the blighters are occupied and don't try to escape!

    I'll let you know how it goes.....

  9. #19
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    Default Re: Is a Sigma 38 too lively to singlehand?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quandary View Post
    I can not think of a similar size boat that would be much easier to cope with on your own.
    Hanse 37- version from circa 2004 not the silly later Ikea versions. Probably faster and has self tacking jib so the problems with going about is cancelled. More room inside.
    Last edited by Daydream believer; 17-09-19 at 20:48.
    It is all down to the fact that my wife does not understand me !!

  10. #20
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    Default Re: Is a Sigma 38 too lively to singlehand?

    I single hand on my 50 footer , its all about planning ahead while arriving and departing, midships spring back to winch in cockpit etc, lots more room to move about and way more stable , the sigma is a great boat
    tack /gybe using autopilot and much more controlled than what you would do with a crew as it is done slower, my runners only get used on long tacks/ reaches if at all and preventer rigged

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