Originally Posted by barefootnavigator
A boat is either hove to or it isn't there is no isnt
I agree, but thers many degrees of hove to. But hove too where you are drifting dead down wind is a tricky and difficult state to get in. Boats dont want to sit still. They don't want to be drifting sidewards to the current. Ive tried it a few times remembering all the different ideas people had... Small main large jib, no job, no main, etc. to get your boat to drift sideways at no speed forwards is difficult. Last t me i practiced it too me more than an hour to do it.... And then if the wind had come up, or drooped a bit, i would have started all over again.
Probably we should be trying to get the boat moving so slowly,and then go for the magic gold of being stationary.
Life helicopter pilots will tell you, hovering is the most difficult... Where we thing hovering should be easy.