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post #5 of Old 07-18-2003
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Maintaining head to wind

singlehanding a little boat: leave the dock with centerboard and rudder down, get searoom, hoist the jib and immediately do a heave-to. When the boat settles down, tie off the tiller and go forward, mainsheet and boomvang slack, and hoist the main. Harden up and sail off. Keep the engine running in case. Heaving to is the key. Reefing: heave to again, reef the clew line first, the tack line second, do the reef ties, and motor on. Again, boomvang and mainsheet totally slack. Have you tried this?
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