Discussion in 'General Yachting Discussion' started by YachtForums, Jul 12, 2017.
Single Handing or Single Handling a boat. Which term is right, or is it both?
With boats, there is without the L, Single Handed or Single Handing...
I agree with Lars
Handing, as they said.
Although I wouldn't find anything objectionable to someone saying handling.
Thank you gents! Most impressed that English isn't the first language for Lars, but he's teaching me proper!
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."
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.
I still think it's a hard task for a one handed person to operate a boat.