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Old 05-06-2012
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Help what sail to raise 1st?

Depends on my mood. There is really no difference or no reason to do it one way or the other as long as you have a reason.
Leave how to heave to. Great thing to learn and very helpful. One on the many advantages it with the headsail back winded the main is covered.
So I'll motor out to the gulf until i get to the jetty. Shut down the motor and raise my headsail and sail out in the gulf. Once I'm out in the gulf, I'll backwind the headsail. It now easy to raise the main, flip the headsail and off I go.
When I come in I'll sail close to the jetty, heave to, drop and secure the mainsail and then sail in under headsail alone.
Heaving to is also great for reefing the main.

Of course, sometimes I'd the winds are light, I'll just raise it before I leave the dock and just motor out to the gulf with the main taught.
s/v Family Time
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