Re: I can't heave to
Hmm. I've heard some boats don't like to heave to but, in my extremely limited experience, I haven't run into one yet. I usually drive a Sonar (23'). Back wind the jib, release the main sheet, tiller hard to leeward. Tadaaah. Hove to. I tuck the tiller under the backstay line (which runs down both gunnels to midship for adjustment) and she's happy.
Had to use it recently. VP Biden was in town for the MIT Policeman's funeral. When he was traveling through Ted Williams's Tunnel (under Boston Harbor) they shut the harbor down until his plane took off (runway is at the water's edge). I sailed around a little more outside the harbor but the wind was picking up pretty good. I hove to and all was well. I still moved forward, but pretty slowly. Saved me about 30-45 minutes of running back and forth across the harbor opening as more boats gathered to wait while the wind picked up.