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A good rule of thumb when hove-to is to ease the boom so that the boom and the mainsail point to the wind ( luffs)
You said you reefed and then Hove-to. You could have done that in reverse.
Heave-to...and then reef as KeelHaulin states. It's much easier to reef from the calm platform.