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Old 05-12-2011
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Heaving to.....what gives.

Ok, so technically I'm a newbie; but I've been reading threads on Sailnet for several years and have learned a great deal by reading what others have posted. However, I've consistently come across inconsistent info as it pertains to the proper heave to methods.

My ASA instructors all state that the main must be luffed in order to maintain the vessel in the heave to position. But I keep reading in different forums and websites like sailonline and ehow, that you must sheet in the mainsail and bring it tight to midship. So what gives? Which is it? Do we luff the main or sheet it in tight. Is there one preferred over the other in light air verses heavy weather?

Thanks in advance
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