An excellent philosophy Tartan34.
I am a little perplexed at the "inability" to heave to cited. The Pardey's seem to feel that the skills and tools to do so are essential.
A great number of merchant ships find that heaving-to with sea on the quarter provides the best relief, particularly for the modern design container ships. They roll deeply but safely, and avoid slamming, with the resultant panting of bow frames, encountered when faces seas bow on. Probably of little relevance to sail boats. Sailboats, on the other hand, do not have the structural stresses that large ships encounter.