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post #24 of Old 01-06-2012
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Originally Posted by mikieg View Post
so you are saying to drop the foresail and bring the main sail center and put the rudder what way?
Maybe, or maybe not. Every boat is different. You will have to learn what setup is required to get your boat to properly heave to.

Originally Posted by mikieg
...if you have a sea anchor, why wouldnt you just drop all sails, deploy the sea anchor with plenty of rode, batten the hatches and just go to sleep?
Most boats will ride more comfortably in a hove-to position than they will dead downwind with a sea anchor only. Again, though, you need to experiment with your boat and see what works for you.

If you are really interested in learning about this stuff, I strongly recommend that you read "Storm Tactics" by Lin and Larry Pardey.
Storm Tactics Handbook, 3rd Ed. | Sailing Blog | Lin & Larry Pardey
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