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    Posted: 28 Mar 05 at 3:19pm
Simple question guys, is it possible (easy?) to single hand a dart 18?  Will I need to use the trapeze?  This is just for fun sailing, not racing.  Thanks.
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Definate yes. There is a large group of Dart 18s sailed singlehanded at Rutland (racing). As there are racing they use the trapeze.

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Hi ds797,

The Dart 18 was designed to be sailed and raced by two people with a mainsail and jib, and by single handers with just a mainsail.  If you are only 'pleasure sailing' then you can do what you like.  The problem that you will have is that you will struggle if you capsize. The Dart 18 is a big wide boat with a big mainsail and a big heavy mast.  I would not recommend that you sail single handed anywhere else but at a sailing club when there is a support boat on duty and the people on duty know what you are doing and where you are. Re-righting a capsized (turtled) Dart 18 is not easy for experienced racing crews. In my experience, the helms that I have seen racing single handed tend to be on the heavy side and they  were all very experienced.  As a matter of interest the Dart 18 Class Association have a single handed national championship each year. Take a look at their site at http://www.dart18.com/ .

 

Ian  (Yorkshire Dales S.C.)

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