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In our sailing class last year, the instructor briefly touched on the subject of bringing the boat to a stop in the shortest possible time. But neither my wife nor I can remember what he said the maneuver was!

Would it simply be heaving to?
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Re: stopping on a dime

sounds like a winner to me! '
Getting a heave-to maneuver balanced and staying there is more problematic for me..

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Re: stopping on a dime

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In our sailing class last year, the instructor briefly touched on the subject of bringing the boat to a stop in the shortest possible time. But neither my wife nor I can remember what he said the maneuver was!

Would it simply be heaving to?
How to stop a boat in the shortest possible time?...
I think running aground would do it.
Or hitting a reef, or running into the dock. Having your son accidentally drop anchor would do it, or letting go of the boom and knocking your wife overboard. I'm sure there are probably a few slick redneck maneuvers too.
But I don't think any of my suggested maneuvers would help you'd pass the class, nor would they be very good for your boat!

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Re: stopping on a dime

He was probably referring to the "Quick Stop" similar to heaving to.
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Re: stopping on a dime

Hmmm????? "Quick Stop" fer me was getting the rudder snagged onna racing bouy line! Guess an anchor off the stern would do 'bout the same. Possibly fire the iron genny and put it in "R" right smartly would do it too..

I'da liked ta see that vid; but my phone's browser is incompatableI could always use some tips on coming to a halt. Perhaps a quick pointer on the diff w/a heave-to?

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Re: stopping on a dime

Maybe this will work better for you, there's a written description, but if you can enlarge the diagrams they are pretty clear. Quick turn method from a reach is shown then the Quick stop from close hauled.
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Re: stopping on a dime

If I wanted to stop, I would just head into the wind. Aproaching a dock you could also add some quick large movements of the tiller side-to-side, or if you are on a small enough boat, or have burly enough crew, you can push the boom out into the wind. In the open water, heave-to, or sometimes called the safety position.

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Maybe this will work better for you, there's a written description, but if you can enlarge the diagrams they are pretty clear. Quick turn method from a reach is shown then the Quick stop from close hauled.
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I like to do the pick up while hove-to. When done from close haul / close reach, you do not touch the sails. Easily done by one person.

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Re: stopping on a dime

jackdale - I'm going a little off topic here, but, have you had any trouble doing this in high winds? I would think having the sails trimmed in for a close haul coarse would knock you down pretty good while broadside to the wind.

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jackdale - I'm going a little off topic here, but, have you had any trouble doing this in high winds? I would think having the sails trimmed in for a close haul coarse would knock you down pretty good while broadside to the wind.
I have done the maneuver in up to 25 knot winds.

The fact that you are heeled over is actually advantageous as it puts you closer to the MOB.

These are some of the advantages of the method. This was part of a discussion within CYA.

a) It can be done easily by one person.
b) There is usually no need to adjust sails.
c) The sails are always under control. There are no flying clews or sheets.
d) The MOB is always on the same side of the vessel and kept in sight.
e) If unsuccessful, just come around again.
f) The MOB can be reached on most vessels by lying on the deck and grabbing them. I retrieved a TV antenna off Cape Scott in this manner.)
g) Works exceptionally well with a life-sling.

Is is actually similar to a quick stop, but the jib is not furled.

In some trials in San Francisco, they found that when stopping with the MOB to windward, the boat made more leeway that the MOB.

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