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post #22 of Old 12-07-2013
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Re: Heaving-To

Originally Posted by barefootnavigator View Post
Just a quick note, if the boat is for-reaching you are not hove to you are sailing very poorly.
Or, perhaps sailing very smartly... Fore-reaching can be an extremely effective, less passive tactic, and one that might still permit one to make good some progress towards a destination, or away from a lee shore... As a storm tactic, it can be a very viable one - it's how many of the crews in the 1998 Sydney-Hobart chose to deal with those exceptional conditions, after all...

Originally Posted by barefootnavigator View Post
As a storm tactic for-reaching defeats the whole point of being hove to. Main only, my full keeler will heave to very nicely.
There's no One Size Fits All to this stuff, what works fine for you may not necessarily work for the rest of us... It is extremely difficult to get most modern split underbodies to heave-to without at least a bit of fore-reaching, or to maintain a 40-50 degree attitude to the wind/seas without a modicum of forward motion, especially as the wind and seas build... At some point, the only way to attempt to keep the bow up on one of today's boats featuring high freeboard and a shallow/flat underwater profile, might be to employ a clever use of a drogue described by John Harries - that of streaming a Galerider off the bow, to weather...

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