Originally Posted by barefootnavigator
Saying a boat is hove to while its actually for-reaching is like saying my plane fly's really well it just wont get off the ground
A boat is either hove to or it isn't there is no middle ground. For-reaching is not hove to its for-reaching
They both serve a very specific propose just like a chainsaw and a butter knife but I wouldn't use a chainsaw to butter my bread
Not sure if I understand you but with all that wind the seas, and the boat is staying in the same place!! An experiment for next time when it gets windy: just before you heave-to, get a fix and write it down. Then stay hove-to for at least 12 hours and take another fix. According to you the two positions should be dead on exactly the same, right?
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.