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I didn't realize that you could heave to with jib alone and have the boat balanced. Do you lock down the helm to do this?
I haven't messed around with my boat enough to know if this would work either. This is also the question I have about heaving-to in order to lower sails. Once you lower one of the sails the boat will no longer be balanced.
To actually do it though to raise the sail it has to be pretty breezy to get enough steerage to tack under jib alone, can use the motor to give a little push through the wind if needed. Then again, with the exception of the hunter this is all with pretty nimble agile jib liking boats. I have no clue if something like this would work with a big heavy mainsail liking full keel boat. I've never tried in those.
Every boat is different though. I learned this trick from an e-book on single handing I found on the Internet.
Last edited by benajah; 03-27-2012 at 11:58 AM.