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Old 01-05-2012
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+1 on The Pardey's book. From what I've read, boats vary considerably in their ability to heave-to. Most important for planning is knowing how much leeway your boat will make when hove-to; the less the better. Getting offshore far enough to avoid being forced ashore in a blow is a major consideration when plotting courses. It's why hugging the shore is not an awfully good idea.

The best place for a genoa if there is any chance of needing to heave-to is down in the sail locker. At the time you need to back the jib there should be either the heavy 100% working jib or a storm jib in place. I don't have a storm jib but find the working jib with a few turns on the roller is sufficient because it is rugged, has it's own inboard blocks, and is small enough to back it without fouling anything.
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