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Well, isn't it often the case that boats will "swing" while hove-to, heading up when they have steerage-way, slowing down, and then bearing off?
Yep. ..but that's more to do with the main causing excess weather helm followed by the jib causing excess lee helm and repeat, than anything else. Some boats with bigger rudders and less sail area will "swing" less than others.
You'll find the rudder ends up setting the approximate direction of drift.
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"
Last edited by Classic30; 07-28-2011 at 10:04 PM.