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 Post subject: H20 - sailing solo
PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 12:11 pm 
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Just posted another topic but it didn't seem to post. Any tips on how to sail an h20 solo?


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 Post subject: Re: H20 - sailing solo
PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:53 pm 
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The H-20 is a lot of boat to sail by yourself. The best way to start is to have a knowlegeable crew Unless you have had a lot of experience sailing small cats, this boat gets over powered early as the wind builds, and oh, what a ride. Unfortunately you cannot reef the main where all the power is. If you have a furler on the jib, it can be used to furl the jib while on the water but can put the boat way out of balance.
About 90% of the time I sail my H-20 solo. Without a crew your reflexes have to be quicker and more accurate than when crewed. There are a lot of things to do when tacking or jibing in heavy wind. The best thing to do is go out and practice in conditions that are safe then push the limits as your experience increases. It is important to know when the conditions are overpowering and beach it out.
The H20 is an easly boat to sail, but it will get up to speed in a heart beat.
Good luck going solo.
Ron


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 Post subject: Re: H20 - sailing solo
PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:53 pm 
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well said :)

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 Post subject: Re: H20 - sailing solo
PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 2:20 pm 
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Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom! Or at least for staying upright :-) Upwind is pretty easy; easier to feather up than foot off, of course. Downwind can be scary in breeze; boat powers up so quickly. Be very careful gybing that you don't turn too much and come out too high. Make sure you keep the sheets clear and keep your feet clear on maneuvers. As Ronrico noted, quick reactions and precise movements; just less margin for error. It can be done, and is actually good practice in case the crew falls off (and they always fall off when you need 'em most).


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