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post #13 of Old 11-15-2012
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Re: heave to or sea anchor?

Originally Posted by seabrookedan View Post
It seems to me that a sea anchor would be easier on the bt, sails, and would require no further attention once its set in big seas. Ive nvr done either on MY boat. Any experienced opinions?
They're different things:
- Heaving-to is intended to (approximately) stop the boat to give the crew a break. It isn't any harder on the sails than normal sailing, although chafe can be more of a problem if you're not careful.
- A sea anchor is used to slow the boat down. You're still sailing..

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