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post #25 of Old 02-21-2007
mmeyer31
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Heaving to

Is there a good way to judge how well a boat will heave-to in heavy conditions without actually doing it under those conditions? I have only practiced heaving-to in lighter winds (10-15 knots), and the boat does exactly what it is supposed to. With all of this talk about many modern boats not heaving-to very well, I was wondering if a boat that heaves-to in lighter conditions might not do as well in higher winds when it becomes more critical. Will a boat that heaves-to just find with a large genoa under light winds have different characteristics heaving to under heavy winds?

Thanks! (I'm just learning how to sail)
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