Can a sailboat big enough for 8 passengers be controlled by a single person?

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I'm running a role-playing game and the party of player-characters has acquired a sailboat big enough to carry 8 humans along with several rolls of silk fabric and barrels of brandy. Will just one of them be enough to sail the thing by themself, or will they need a crew? If the latter, will just one more person be enough?

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  • 9 months ago
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    My friend had a 33 foot racing sloop with cabin (6 meter format). He sailed it alone until age 80. After that, he took friends along to handle hoisting sails, doing anchors, etc. I did that many times.

    One person is okay for short trips. Best to have a second qualified person for more than a day sail. If going far from land, ditto.

    • georgetslc
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      9 months agoReport

      You don't actually say he could have taken that number of passengers and cargo, but ...

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  • 9 months ago

    Yes they can, but not all of them.

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  • fuzzy
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    9 months ago

    Yes. Even fully crewed yachts usually have only one person on watch at night (Been there & done that - LOVE IT)

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  • Let's see Joshua Slocum sailed around the world single handed, so yep.

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    • Bill
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      8 months agoReport

      Joshua Slocum completely rebuilt the derelict fishing sloop Spray and set off around the world in 1898.  Along the way he converted the Spray into a yawl.  He called 46,000 miles in just over 3 years.  Length was 34' or 37', sources differ.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    NO!

    Not with out a Crew.

    Here's a good Tip never ask the ARMCHAIR Admirals who have never been with in a thousand yards of a boat or ship.

    Your talking about a small cargo and passenger craft which would be around 17th century so do some proper research.

    Even small racing dingy use a crew of at least two or three, There some are raced single handed.

    Now as for the Round The World Single hand sailing Yachts of they carry so many aids they nearly could may the voyage with out anybody on board in fact it would take very little equipment added to the list to make them fully autonomous or failing that sailed remotely.

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    • ?*?*?*?
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      8 months agoReport

      With moden aid yes it Possible, NOTE AIDS!
      With a craft which comes across as a trader carrying cargo and sailing racing craft NO but arm chair admirals and people tell about imaginary people any thing is possible!

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  • al
    Lv 5
    9 months ago

    Yes it can easily.

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  • 9 months ago

    Yes .

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  • Leto
    Lv 5
    9 months ago

    With the right rigging, yes.

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