Originally Posted by killarney_sailor
Also, what worked well the last time you hove-to may need to be modified for a new situation.
This was an important point, if I remember. What you did to heave-to in 15-20 knots (sail combination, sheets, rudder, etc.), will be very different, for the same boat, when in 40 knots.
Additionally, in really bad conditions, your rudder will break unless you securely tie it off.