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Re: Give me a break: Techniques for Heaving-To
Yes, in my opinion when all hell is braking loose, its comforting to know you can heave-to and do it while you still can. It is the best tactic if a) you do or can come about safely and b) have practiced and know how your boat behaves and the sail combinations - my boat only requires a triple reefed main and some high-freeboard boats don't need a foresail.
Its also important to choose the proper tack, so not to put the boat in danger or loose too much ground due to drift...