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Re: How do you heave to with main sail alone?
The few times we've tried that we ended up near head to wind, sheeted hard, rudder locked and the boat would pinch up a bit stall fall off and gentle round up, sat there doing very slow scallops at minimal speed.. But serious wave action would likely upset that delicate balance and I imagine that some boats won't do it well... Trial and error will tell.
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