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post #4 of Old 03-02-2004
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heaving to

I heave to with a fair regularity when I am single-handing. It provides me a chance to go below and make lunch, use the head, or change clothes. I do this is wide range of windspeeds and have found that on most of the boats that I owned, if you have the correct amount of sail up to comfortably beat to windward, you won''t get knocked down when you hove to. On a boat like the Compac, you don''t hove to in the same way as more traditional boats where a dynamic balance is achieved and the boat lies at a reasonably constact angle to the wind and barely forereaches. In more modern designs there is generally a bit more forward motion, a tendancy to hunt a bit (come up slightly and fall off slightly) and a slightly higher rate of leeway.

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