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I don't understand how you could heave to with a single sail without fore reaching, it's the balance of jib against rudder and main.
You can also balance the rudder against the main without the jib and heave-to.

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In our current boat the best combination I've come up with is a fully furled genoa, full staysail and reefed main. This works well in 15-20 knots, haven't tried it in anything stronger. I think if I double reefed the main with the staysail she would hove to in stronger winds, each boat is different. Our boat has a long fin and skeg hung rudder and is a cutter rigged sloop.

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OK. I am motivated. I need to heave-to more! I am going to make a list in my log book. It will start with 5 kt, and go up to 35 kt by 5 kt increments. I am going to try to heave-to in as many conditions as possible next season, making note of what configuration worked.

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Re: Heaving-To

It is one of the first things that I like to play with on an unknown boat. It is useful to know and is helping me get a better understanding of how to heave-to as well.

I'm going out in my boat tomorrow and want to try to see if I can get it to heave-to without fore reaching.
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Just a quick note, if the boat is for-reaching you are not hove to you are sailing very poorly. As a storm tactic for-reaching defeats the whole point of being hove to. Main only, my full keeler will heave to very nicely.
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It is my understanding when heaving to ...there is some forward motion. The idea is to limit this motion as much as possible to remain in the slick produced, however, I don't think it's possible to completely eliminate it.
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If you are properly hove to there is Zero forward motion. Most sailors have no idea how to properly heave to and very fer boats will do it.
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Re: Heaving-To

I have a full keel with a cutaway forefoot and when I "heave to" I tack and back wind the yankee, lock the wheel to steer upwind and adjust the main. No matter what I try I am close to being beam on to the wind whereas I want to be around 50 degrees from the wind. Because of the cutaway forefoot I can probably get closer to the wind with the main only with the rudder over hard and not worry about tacking through. I single hand a lot and heaving to is what I use when putting a reef in the main.
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Re: Heaving-To

It might be more effective to just spill the air from the main and keep the boat sailing under jib alone. I find most boats with a cutaway forefoot wont heave to.
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Re: Heaving-To

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It might be more effective to just spill the air from the main and keep the boat sailing under jib alone. I find most boats with a cutaway forefoot wont heave to.
Heaving to works better for me with the stay sail and a deep reefed main, either the 2nd or 3rd reef, depending on wind and wave action. Adjustments to both rudder and mainsail to keep from fore reaching.


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