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Singlehanded Sailing: The Experiences and Techniques of the Lone Voyagers Paperback – August 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 2nd edition (August 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070281645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070281646
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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``. . .worth its space aboard any sailboat, singlehanded or not.'' (Sailing)

From the Back Cover

In 1976 International Marine published Singlehanded Sailing, an account of the experiences and techniques of the lone voyagers. It quickly became a classic in its field. Here for the first time in paperback is the long-awaited second edition.

Henderson offers penetrating insights into the psychology of singlehanders, their vessels, gear, strategies, and techniques, plus vivid accounts of emergency experiences alone against the elements. The information is absorbing in its own right, but also of obvious value to a larger audience of cruising sailors who occasionally find themselves sailing singlehanded or shorthanded. Combined with a wealth of practical information is an overriding sense of the camaraderie of the sea, and Henderson's steadying hand as a master sailor and teacher.

But much has changed since 1976. The growing popularity of singlehanded racing has spawned a wealth of technological breakthroughs: voyagers can now avail themselves of reliable autopilots, much lighter and more efficient rigs, microprocessor navigation, and satellite weather forecasting. Boats are bigger, lighter, and faster--and the costs and stakes are higher. Singlehanded sailing is at the leading edge of sailing technology.

These innovations are of major import for the larger audience of cruising and shorthanded sailors, and Henderson explores these connections thoroughly. A chapter on "Singlehanding for Everyone," and a thoughtful and provocative conclusion, assess the contributions and possible future of singlehanding. Even more than in the first edition, Henderson achieves a remarkable combination--a practical how-to book that is also an eloquent contribution to the sailing literature.

No better survey of singlehanded skills, boats, and hardware exists."--from the Foreword by John Rousmaniere

What reviewers said about the first edition of Singlehanded Sailing:

"This is more than just the most authoritative work to date on solo sailing. Because it deals with people who've had to be expert seamen to survive, the book becomes, perforce, a manual of great usefulness to any yachtsman contemplating a shorthanded voyage. Read it through once for perspective. Then put it with your navigation tables for ready reference when planning your next transatlantic."--Philip S. Weld

"It is a distillation of the experience gained by hundreds of sailors during a century of singlehanded sailing, and a critical and technically detailed discussion of the equipment and techniques available today. Henderson writes not only for the prospective singlehander who plans to sail offshore alone, but for every cruising sailor who might find himself effectively alone, through accident, illness or the inexperience or other incapacity of his crew--and that, to me, means every cruising sailor."--John S. Letcher, Jr.

"It is an excellent book, and I would consider it a disgrace for any Society member not to have a copy. Do not tell me you already have Borden, and Klein, and Merrien, and Holm, and Clarke, and etc., etc., so why should you buy another book on singlehanded sailing? Because reading maketh a full man."--Richard Gordon McCloskey, Slocum Society founder


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Randall Reeves on July 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
Henderson covers all the bases, and the book is full of helpful hints. But book is a synopsis of all he's read (not complete) and is presented in a dry style. Though solid at core, information is now dated. Good for brief history of single-handing, and lots of helpful hints and illustrations. Well worth the purchace, well worth the read, but keep reading. Does anyone know what boat is on the cover?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By GW Grigg on May 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a reference book. A "must" for anyone persueing the reality of offsore singlehanded sailing. This is not a basic how-to, but rather assumes the reader has some relevant experience.
The writer delves into yacht and rigging design from the historical perspective all the way through to modern day Vendee' and Around Alone (ex BOC) type purpose built (solo) racing machines. None or very limited coverage of Mini Transat(s) or 6.5m class boats.
Chapters also include psycological motivation, sleep deprivation, steering, stores, etc.
Some pictures & sketches mostly b/w
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By frank on March 26, 2009
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Single handed sailing is a good book, but for my interests it was bent to much towards raceing but that is not authors fault but my own, I was hopeing to find out more about those who may cruise singlehanded but still in all it was well written and informative. Thanks Frank P.
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Readable, fun. I decided half way through I do NOT want to try a single-handed circumnavigation!
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