Originally Posted by mikieg
so you are saying to drop the foresail and bring the main sail center and put the rudder what way?
also, 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?
why heave to when you have a sea anchor? seems like over kill.
In the hove-to position, the boat makes a protective slick. I think of it as and area just upwind of the boat where the current is in the direction of the waves, thus keeping the waves from breaking. (The current is produced by the boat's hull as driven by the wind.)
Full disclosure, I've only hove-to in practice, and the winds were not that strong.