|John Crabb on his Spray "Lady Heron" in Corpus Christi, TX|
|This is Dodge D Morgan who was the first to sail around solo Non-Stop in 150 days.|
Or perhaps visit Yachtworld.com and buy a used version that has already been sea trialed for you see: http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listing/cache/searchResults.jsp?man=Spray&is=false&type=%28Sail%29&luom=126&fromLength=&toLength=&fromYear=&toYear=&pricderange=Select+Price+Range&Ntt=&fromPrice=0&toPrice=&searchtype=homepage&cit=true&slim=quick&ybw=&sm=3&Ntk=boatsEN¤cyid=100 This is a very interesting way to see all the possibilities of what you can do with a Spray Hull anyway. I was not to surprised to also find on Yachtworld Power boats with a Spray Hull as well: http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listing/cache/searchResults.jsp?man=Spray&is=false&type=%28Power%29&luom=126&fromLength=&toLength=&fromYear=&toYear=&pricderange=Select+Price+Range&Ntt=&fromPrice=0&toPrice=&searchtype=homepage&cit=true&slim=quick&ybw=&sm=3&Ntk=boatsEN¤cyid=100
in the case you are not into sailing and buying lots of fuel for a round the world trip is no issue.
Solo or single handing sailing is just what it says, 1 crew on board to do all the work. What happens when the Crew has to Sleep or do something like eat or other activities that are not sailing? It took Joshua Slocum 3 years and 2 months to complete his voyage, Ninety years later Dodge Morgan did it non-stop in 150 days. Both men had to sleep, eat and poop. So who is minding the vessel during those moments? The regulations Mariners swear to up hold require a "Proper Lookout at all times" So how do they do it? Joshua learned how to set his helm and set his sails so the vessel would steer itself. His many years as a Merchant Mariner and Captain of many sailing ships that traveled the world provided him with a 6th sense and when his vessel needed tending he would spring awake in time enough to avoid trouble or even death. I can see from the picture that Dodge had a Wind Vane steering system that is a passive system that uses the wind blowing across a large vertically mounted paddle to steer. He may have additionally had a Autopilot that would had been the latest technology of the mid 1980's. But there is no "proper Lookout" to take over when they are doing things other than sailing.Through my experience I have learned how many Solo Sailors manage, some Set a timer for twenty minute periods. They sleep in the cockpit and when the timer goes off they jump up look around to make sure there are no ships about to run them down, then they repeat the cycle till they get enough sleep. Some just goto sleep and let the self steering or autopilot do the work and just hope for the best. Others have the latest technology with AIS, Radar and VHF alarms and if the alarm goes off they wake up and deal with the issue. One of my Florida Friends who Single hands his 44' sailboat will sail far enough off shore so that there is no way he can drift to shore in less than 4 hours and just Heaves To, Which is a way to set your sails and just drift. I will never forget a photo taken from the internet where a big container ship had just pulled into port and a 60-70' mast was still wrapped around the bow, No one knows what happened to the rest of the boat. I sometimes Single Hand but just on Day Sails or short Day hops when cruising.
Double Handed means there are two on board and there is usually a routine established where each person takes a 3 or 4 hour shift. There are hundreds of couples out there sailing all parts of the world in this manner. Here you at least have a fighting chance with one pair of eyes and a brain awake to meet unforeseen challenges. They can always wake up their mate if they need help. Even with one awake and at the helm at all times I do not believe that that even qualifies as a "Proper Look Out at all times" If you remember the Titanic, even a Lookout stationed on the bow of the ship in miserable cold rainy weather did not save the ship from hitting a Iceberg.
Then there is the term "Short Handed". I wondered just what is the definition of that? On my first trip across the Gulf Of Mexico helping some friends sail their boat to Florida we had 4 crew but the Captain required two to always be on "watch". in our nearly 5 day trip across we had two near death experiences. One a gear failure in stormy seas late at night and the other a Ship that we narrowly avoided from running us over. We had 4 hour on/off shifts but we were all still sleep deprived. sleep deprivation can make proper decision making very difficult. On my second trip across the Gulf we had three crew on our boat. I established 3 hours on 6 off with just one crew on watch at all times. We had a great trip across, everyone had plenty of rest to stay sharp and prepared. On both of my trips across the autopilot steered the vessel 98% of the trip across.
The Short Handed Sailing Association defines the term : The crew of the yacht be limited to one, two or three persons. see http://www.ssaa.com.au/
Joshua Slocum has inspired every pleasure/recreational boater both power and sail whether they know it or not since his incredible Voyage in 1895-1898.No matter if they sail, lakes, bays, or go coastal cruising, racing or cross an ocean. He has inspired all of the modern technology, Hull design and self reliance of sailors of even the most modern and technological laden vessels. He is the one name that is recognized in every country that has water that supports a vessel. Right now in 2015 Sailors are making plans for their first venture out into the oceans and they can only hope to measure up.