Cruiser, it sounds to me like you are doing everything right: Keep the tiller to leeward.
Just remember that no boat will ever be completely stationary whilst hove-to but should be moving slowly ahead and to leeward (slight forward progress at an angle to the direction you're pointed).
thanks for the reply, i was always under the assumption that the slick should be abeam to windward...not aft? I have read "Storm Tactics" by the Pardeys and it says to throw bits of paper in water to make sure they dont float away...behind the boat. I thought it was the slick that protected you from the breakers, if its behind me it seems that i would not be fully protected.
i will keep trying, i gotta learn this. i thought maybe i was doing it in to light of conditions...i tried it a few weeks ago in about a 15kt wind...same deal slick was behind me