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Re: real tiller management

Hey Matt,

Been there! Done that! Love my auto helm but like my wife she ain't perfect.

Chuck and Barbara Vande Wetering
----- Original Message -----
From: Matthew Cooper <>
To: San Juan 23 mail list <sanjuan23@PEAK.ORG>
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2000 6:34 PM
Subject: real tiller management

> In regards to how to sail singlehandedly without buying an auto-tiller.
> All you have to do is:
> 1. Eat your Wheaties for breakfast
> 2. go sailing
> 3. While the boat is headed into the wind (under power), lock the tiller
> with either a "tiller tamer" or a bungee cord or, hey, a good length of
> duct tape.
> 4. Attach your safety harness' tether to it's jackline
> 5. jump to the cabin top to guide the mainsail up it's track as you use
> your other hand to hoist it and hold onto the mast for dear life.
> 6. trip on the pile of halyard that is now scattered about the deck
> (optional)
> 7. regain control of the boat as it has proceeeded to jibe about 47 times
> after the duct tape has come loose.
> 8. get the main settled and happy
> 9. relax a bit
> 10. hoist the jib that you so carefully bungeed to  the deck to ensure it
> would go up it's track without incident.
> 11. balance the boat and lash the tiller( once agai)
> 12. fish the bottem half of the jib out of the drink. (the bungee worked
> well in theory.)
> 13. raise the jib again
> 14. make the boat happy
> 15. give the circleing coast guard boat the ol' thumbs up.
> 16. treat all injuries with the appropriate 1'st aide.
> Next lesson:  Lowering and stowing sails
> fresh wind is the best wind,
> matt
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