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Single Handing or Single Handling?

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  1. YachtForums

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    Single Handing or Single Handling a boat. Which term is right, or is it both?
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    With boats, there is without the L, Single Handed or Single Handing...
  3. Ken Bracewell

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    I agree with Lars
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    Handing, as they said.

    Although I wouldn't find anything objectionable to someone saying handling.
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    Thank you gents! Most impressed that English isn't the first language for Lars, but he's teaching me proper!
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    Gee, I'm surprised at the responses. Is this a case of descriptive grammar versus prescriptive grammar? I would have thought "the yacht can be single handed" or put another way, "the yacht is great for single handling."
    o_O
  7. 30West

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    Interesting question. I always used "single handed" based on a hand being a deckhand, a crewmember. I found that definition in one nautical dictionary, but not in others. One mentions "all hands" meaning all ship's company, enlisted and officers.
  8. rcrapps

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    I still think it's a hard task for a one handed person to operate a boat.
    :rolleyes:

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