Originally Posted by L124C
IMO, mastering MOB techniques in all conditions provides awareness of boat performance and speed control that may be lacking in his execution of Heaving To. In any case, it certainly doesn't hurt to have the skills!
You don't need to hove to. You just need to turn into the wind. Nothing complicated. Just the most simple thing in the sailing world. Turn into the wind. That stops the boat.
The worst thing about all the "skills" is that you sail out of visual distance to the MOB. Even hoving to you may need to look away. But turning into the wind you can feel it, you don't have to look.
Keeping proximity to the MOB must be a higher priority that tacking, whirling winches, gybing, throwing off preventers, winding in...
With the most simple rule no one needs to think.