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Singlehanding a J46

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How easy is it to singlehand a J46?

Boat handling: Let's forget about the spin for now. Is it easy to hoist and drop the main and jib? Is it easy to tack the jib if an autopilot takes care of the helm? Is it doable to trim the main with or without an autopilot, or is handling the main and the wheel pretty much a two person operation?

Performance: Does it truck upwind pretty well in 0 to 30 knots without a few thousand pounds on the rail? Sure, you have to depower sooner than fully crewed boats and tacks will be slower. Will the boat be fairly well under control and sort of keep up with the jones, or will you be basically blown off the water in anything over 10 knots without a few thousand pounds on the rail? What about handling the corners of the course and transitioning to downwind? Transitioning back to upwind at the leeward mark? Transitioning between reaching and close hauled and vice versa?

Would W/L beer can races be doable and fun, or dangerous and a terrible idea?

What about doing longer races solo like the Transpac, N2E, King Harbor, Coastal Cup in So Cal, etc..?

More importantly, would it be a lot of fun? Or would sailing a J46 solo be a huge pain in the ass and not worth the effort?

 

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It’s not a problem. It’s an excellent boat for short handed sailing. Like any boat it has trade offs, but it lacks little. 

The perfect singlehander....no. It is not a class 40. Perfect fast short handed racer/cruiser: comfortable enough to spend time on and quick enough to enjoy sailing...darn close. 

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I suppose anything can be single handed as long as the correct systems are in place to do so.  There are a few on Yachtworld that look set up for at least double handing.  J/46's are great boats regardless.

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