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Re: Issues with heaving-to
.... I hove-to several times for practice, and after initially heeling way over the boat balanced into that almost magically calm position of being hove-to. No matter what I did, playing with the mainsheet, traveller, and rudder, I could not get the boat to heave-to in any direction other than almost exactly beam-on to the swells. ...
You should be able to adjust the hove-to angle by trimming the main.
when going into hove-to, you should fully release the main (what you do with the traveller then does not matter...). When the boat has hove-to, if you slightly trim the main, the boat should turn closer to the wind. If you trim the main too much, the main will cause the boat to tack.
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