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Several years ago, Dave Hall modified the controls on a 29er to allow single handed trapeze sailing. The boat was a awesome.
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Ah well, Nick, the best way of getting a singlehander upwind is of course a plank. Less drag than wings/racks, more righting moment than Trapeze... The nearest you'll get to an ultimate quality hiking/spinnaker singlehander is of course available to order from Rob Michael, but that level of quality will cost a little more than 10K and isn't for the mass market...

Performance equalisation does seem to be a bit last century, but I never liked the idea so maybe I'm biased. Also do you think anyone's ever got it to work even partially well in a singlehander?

On rigs, Steve (Cogito) Clark once built an experimental singlehander with 4 shrouds, X spreaders and no forestay which had a self tacking asymmetric.

Personally I think a jib does make it easier to get a singlehander in the groove upwind, but I find self tacking ones a pain to get right upwind. No choice in a spinnaker boat theough.

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This could be an interesting thread....if one was to develop a new hiking singlehander with kite, what should it be like....

Performance upwind (est PY)?. Round the course performance (Est PY)?

Racks / solid wings? Performance equalised? Or just simple like 300?

Centreboard / daggerboard?

"unstayed" (no forestay) for easy hoist / gybe like Vareo, or fully rigged like MPS/700.? Or a combination?

If one went balls out and did the ultimate qualiy boat would you pay £10k for complete package with combi / covers?

 Mainsheet style? What about a little self-tacking jib?

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Rumor has it that they are working on a hiking single hander with a spinni...

Has any one seen anything of it yet or know any more about it?

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