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In open water under normal conditions I would never bother to heave to, it's a waste of passage time. There's a lot to be said for it in heavy weather for a rest, or for a lunch stop on a day sail.Hoving too Will give you a time to get a good rest in open waters or with an alarm clock even coasting
Waste of what,your at sea,that’s why you have a boat,there is no need to make smart passagesno one is timing you,taking a few hours to rest up seems a seaman like thing to doIn open water under normal conditions I would never bother to heave to, it's a waste of passage time. There's a lot to be said for it in heavy weather for a rest, or for a lunch stop on a day sail.
Yes, I find day sailing ok, you know where you are going and what to do when you get back. It's often quite small scale.Getting ready to berth is always a pain. Going into a marina and not knowing what to expect for me means having a line rigged on both bow , midships and stern cleats As well as a lasso line if the potential of getting blown off. I prefer to berth stern to as the French pontoons are so short so six lines & fenders both sides takes a while to set up.
Many / most modern boats don’t heave too particularly well, and conversely unlike the “good old days”, an autopilot will hold a course very well. So often better to simply slow down on A/P than heave to.Waste of what,your at sea,that’s why you have a boat,there is no need to make smart passagesno one is timing you,taking a few hours to rest up seems a seaman like thing to do
An over speced, reliable auto steering system is IMO the answer to stress free solo sailing. It is the crew that does what it is told and allows me to do other necessary jobs an sit back and relax and enjoy the trip.The autopilot is quite an ancient one (Raytheon, about 2000 vintage) and in a lively sea is noticeably less effective than hand steering. I don't know if a more modern one would be more effective. In light conditions it's fine.
I'm working my way up the TP range due to exactly this!An over speced, reliable auto steering system is IMO the answer to stress free solo sailing. It is the crew that does what it is told and allows me to do other necessary jobs an sit back and relax and enjoy the trip.
Because autopilots are expensive people tend to fit the minimum spec for their boat. They work ok in moderate conditions but are totally inadequate in gusty conditions or running with a building sea up your chuff.
The first and last 100 yards of any journey is always the most dangerous and stressful part. For berthing in a marina (except in France) I use a line 3 times the length of the boat. One end is fixed at the bow and the other end at the stern. The rope is marked in the middle as fixed to the midship cleat to form 2 large loops. Each loop becomes a spring and breat rope and either loop can be grabbed as it is at the widest point of the hull. Give it a try and you will soon realise how useful those loops are to get the boat exactly where you want in the berth.Biggest cause of mental stress - arriving or leaving a pontoon mooring.
I'd agree with that, although my preference is for hops no longer than 12 hours.For me it depends on the weather/wind strength. F3-4 16 hour trips are easy. F5 -6 depending on the sea state and point of sailing, 6-8 hours is what I plan for.
It's worth noting, and I'm not sure whether it's been mentioned so far, that most insurance policies place a maximum 18 hour limit on singlehanding. Some are even more restrictive, banning singlehanding between sunset and sunrise - and these are the theoretical times, not when it actually gets dark.
For comparison this is a 40k bike ride:I wear one of those heart-rate monitoring wristbands, and it's quite interesting what it records on sailing outings. The trace below is a typical one; a nice easy day out, just me and wife, poddling up from Wicor to the top of Southampton water and back. No hassles or alarums at any stage. Nonetheless, my heart-rate was a bit over 100bpm pretty much all of the time (annoyingly, the screenshot doesn't have a vertical scale, but it's about 60bpm when I was asleep and, as as you can see, about 120bpm at peak). The Garmin app therefore thought I'd burnt through about 3500kCal in the day. I asked various doctor friends about whether this was real energy burn or not, and the general opinion was "probably not, but that's quite a high heart-rate!"
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Yes, mine is similar on bike rides of that sort - depends on the hills, of course. Well, a bit lower overall, as I tend to take a bit over 2 hours for 40k. That's on a bike with "a basket, a bell that rings, and things to make it look good", not a road bike per se.For comparison this is a 40k bike ride: