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I'd point out that the Storm Tactics book really isn't designed for modern sailboats...it wasn't really written with high-aspect bulb keel boats in mind. It also wasn't written with multihulls in mind. While the book, updated last in 2008 for the 3rd edition, is a great resource...saying it is for modern sailboats is not quite right.

I'd point out that much of the information in the book does apply, to a degree, to modern sailboats, a lot of it isn't all that useful. For instance, the "slick" that is created when heaving-to doesn't really happen with a high aspect bulb keeled boat. This makes heaving-to a slightly less useful storm tactic for a modern high-aspect keel boat in storm conditions. This isnt' to say that heaving-to doesn't work on a modern design, but it does lose a lot of its value as a storm survival tactic IMHO.


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Originally Posted by casioqv View Post
I highly recommend this book on heaving to in modern sailboats:

Storm Tactics Handbook: Modern Methods of Heaving-To for Survival in Extreme Conditions
by Lin Pardey, Larry Pardey

I've found that with a 110 jib on my C22, the backwinded jib overpowers the main, and pushes the bow too far off the wind for proper 45-50 degree angle from the wind. My C22 will heave to better under the main alone, but I don't have a small 90% jib as you do.

It seems like fore-reaching becomes a problem when winds are too strong. If the C22 is fore-reaching, perhaps get a deeper reef installed in your mainsail, and a smaller jib (or no jib).

A parachute sea anchor rigged with a pendant line will also prevent the boat from fore-reaching, and make it possible to heave-to under bare poles for severe weather:

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