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Offline lockwoods

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modifications for single hanling
« on: June 26, 2017, 07:33:45 PM »
I will be single  handking my new sunday cat
Any suggestions for modification re sheet, tiller, ballast, lazy jacks, downhaul, jiffy reefing, etc.?

Steve

Offline Mike Howell

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Re: modifications for single hanling
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2017, 12:41:26 AM »
I single hand most of the time. It's a great boat and easy to sail single handed. The only mod I would make is to add goal posts to the trailer.
Congratulations on the Suncat. Be sure to download the Catboat manual.
Where will you be sailing?

Mike
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Lake Wylie SC

Offline Tom L.

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Re: modifications for single hanling
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2017, 07:45:44 AM »
A tiller pilot is very handy for single handeling. It's that second hand to steer while hauling the halyards and will keep the boat into the wind.

Tom L.
Present boat, Menger 19 "Wild Cat"    O'Day 25, Montego 25, Catalina 30, Tartan 37, Catalina 380, Mariner 19, Potter 19, Sun Cat

Offline ghsfusioneer

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Re: modifications for single hanling
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2017, 05:33:13 PM »
I agree with the need for a tiller pilot - especially for single handling.  Wear a life jacket!

Offline Tom L.

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Re: modifications for single hanling
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2017, 06:04:17 PM »
Good point never engage an autpilot while single handeling until you put the pfd on.

Tom L.
Present boat, Menger 19 "Wild Cat"    O'Day 25, Montego 25, Catalina 30, Tartan 37, Catalina 380, Mariner 19, Potter 19, Sun Cat

Offline hoddinr

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Re: modifications for single hanling
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2017, 08:42:43 PM »
I would suggest that you add a throat halyard downhaul to make sure you can get the gaff down quickly and safely when you need to.

Ron

Offline DanM

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Re: modifications for single hanling
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2017, 06:02:14 AM »
I second Ron's comment. Our SunCat's P.O. added a gaff throat downhaul and it is very useful when dousing the sail. Ditto lazyjacks.

Offline Galnorth

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Re: modifications for single hanling
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2017, 02:31:25 PM »
I single hand my suncat almost exclusively.  I'd agree on lazy jacks and definitely on a gaff downhaul.  I use a tiller clutch to steady the tiller when needed.  While I try to avoid going out when I need to reef I'd also suggest setting up for one line reefing.