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Re: How do you heave to with main sail alone?

On small cat rigged (one sail) dinghies, the instruction is usually to put everything to leeward. So, on a port tack let the sail luff, when speed has dropped to almost zero start pulling the tiller to leeward, and put your body weight on the leeward rail. The rudder and hull balance will both tend to make the boat head up, the mostly luffing sail will tend to make the bow fall off. This is more of a 'resting position', rather than hove-to.
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Re: How do you heave to with main sail alone?

It has a lot to do withe the kind of boat you have. If you have a lot of windage forward (like my Downeaster and a lot of "classic" looking boats have) then you can typically heave-to under reefed main only with the bow of the boat being pushed off the wind and your main and rudder acting to push you toward the wind.

As long as you can balance the two forces, you are hove-to. If you have a little too much main up (not enough reef) then you will creep forward a bit and that's fore-reaching. Fore-reaching is a great technique to keep on a bit of way toward your destination, but you loose that "slick to windward" that people refer to which is vital if you are in a survival situation withe large, breaking waves.
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