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post #20 of Old 10-18-2006
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Originally Posted by nolatom
An underrated trick for non-autopilot singlehanders in light to moderate air is heaving-to, with main mostly in, jib backed, and tiller tied to leeward. I don't know the Catalina 22, but most boats will jog along at minimal speed and more or less hold course.

This frees you up to go below, fix something, whatever, without having to worry as much about nearby land or traffic.

Easiest way to back the jib is to just tack without releasing the old sheet.
This is a good suggestion, and I do it all the time while single-handing my Sabre 30. One addition is to start your heave-to from a port tack, then when you finally get it set, you'll be on a starboard tack. This gives you a higher status in the pecking order of status (starboard over port). Of course, you still need to keep a watch for leeward sailboats on the same tack, for vessels that are restricted in maneuverability, etc., but at least it's something.
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