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    j105 single handed

    Does anyone have any thoughts or experience sailing a J105 short handed? I sailed on a J105 once and keep thinking about buying one, however I worry it might not be the best to sail alone (well occasionally with my wife and kid, but basically single handed as far as the sailing goes). I don't have any real interest in racing. I've been looking for a well built boat that performs on the SF bay with a big cockpit and keep coming back to the J105. I'm currently chartering a beneteau 31 with a single helm and standard main. I find it pretty easy to sail by myself, but we only go day sailing and don't use anything down below aside from the head. The J105 seems to check all the boxes and is within the budget. My biggest concern is the winches seem pretty far forward from the wheel even if there is an autopilot. Are there any modifications people have made that make sailing the J105 short handed easier or maybe there are better options out there? Thanks