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post #3 of Old 03-08-2006
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Paulk's explanation is a good one. On my boat, a 32 footer, I have to use the wheel to maintain a hove-to. I first head up to lose boat speed then cross the wind without touching a sheet. Once the headsail is backwinded, I steer back to the other side as if I had changed my mind. My boat won't hove-to without putting the wheel over.
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