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post #5 of Old 07-13-2010
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Why do you want to heave to when there's wind? Every boat is different, and each skipper has different ideas, equipment, and experience that leads them to different responses to your questions. What the Pardeys do: heave-to & deploy drogues - has worked for them and others - in heavy, full-keeled boats. What the Open 60's do - fly spinnakers- works for them. In bad weather the need to take waves from a one direction rather than another - because of the way the boat is already pointed, or a lee shore you're trying to edge by - may dictate different responses in the same boat. There are lots of variables. Essentially, if a program or routine works, it works. If it doesn't work, you hope the EPIRB does.
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