Originally Posted by PaulinVictoria
Yes, a jib that is furled that much is going to be an ugly thing and won't point. Let a little more out and you'll have more power to punch through the waves and it will point better. Did you just have the furled jib? No main at all?
FYI, the other day was messing around with the boat. Had 20 to 25 knt winds and a rare very flat sea. With just the furling jib I could actually point very well. So conclusion is rough seas with just a jib, the boat will not point well because the wave action keeps pushing the bow off, just as you suggested. To lower the main I just back winded the jib (and remained hove to while I lowered and secured the main). The boat hoved to well with just the back winded partially reefed jib.