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post #21 of 28 Old 05-18-2013
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Re: I can't heave to

I agree that you're going to want to find the balance to be able to heave-to in all conditions

But, if the wind is typically only 5 kn. or less, and you have room with no one near you, just head up ease the sails a bit put a bungy cord on the tiller and do what you need to do.. how much trouble can you get into going 2 kn.

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Re: I can't heave to

As I post this, I will give notice that I am brand spankin new to sailing.

When heaving to, should you end up at the "in irons" position or does it matter? Just as long as the tiller is locked leeward, the jib is backwinded and the main is in the opposite direction of the jib...

I haven't been out yet (I just finished a two day ASA101) so I want to make sure I have this figured out.

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Re: I can't heave to

How to Heave To - Heave-to a Sailboat

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Re: I can't heave to

I thank you sir.

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Re: I can't heave to

Having a boat with a longer keel makes heaving to much easier. My O-Day 22 heaves to easily and is very stable, while my other two centerboard boats (15' Challenger and O'Day Mariner) don't really settle down well when I try to heave to.

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Re: I can't heave to

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Wait till you get old and make the same statement. It's amazing how the aging process effects this function, especially when you realize that you'll soon be peeing on your shoes.

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Re: I can't heave to

You might get better responses if you indicate what type of boat you are trying to do it with.

If I understand correctly, the ability to heave to and maintain that position indefinitely varies from boat to boat. For ours, we just tack from a close haul, leave the jib sheet, let out the main, and tie off the rudder to the opposite side. That's worked for every boat I've been on (Note: not many), but from reading I've heard that a number of boats require more work or just don't do it well.

I don't know how I'd reef if I couldn't get the boat to heave to
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