Originally Posted by Tartan34C
The Pardey's sail on boats that can heave-to but a lot of modern boats donít have an underbody that lends itself to that technique. Personally I prefer a boat that will heave-to and it was a requirement for my present boat. I took a real beating once in a boat that didnít do well hove-to.
The funniest thing about bad weather is that the only time I have been really scared on a boat has been on a large ship in moderately bad weather. It was a cargo ship that rolled very slowly and hung at the end of the roll for what seemed like forever. I much preferred the quick roll of my own sailboat. Itís true that yachts donít get the slamming load that a ship gets but the load can still easily exceed the breaking point under some circumstances.
All the best,
I don't think you guys care, but one of the first things I learnt when I started sailing boats with a stay sail, they were Vauriens then, was how to heave to.
We had to learn that in case one got thrown over bord, and I found that most dinghies have pretty good abilities at doing this.
As far as modern larger boats, I have no idea how they perform at heave to, but shouldn't it be indicated or isn't it mentioned in the boats's characteristics papers?