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06-06-2010 02:27 PM
saildork
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Originally Posted by jaschrumpf View Post
Are you really supposed to release the main, though? I though you left it cleated in a close haul position with the jib backwinded.
It really just depends on what makes the boat balance. The variables of keel configuration, sail configuration, rudder, wind, etc., all play a role. You might have to play with it for a little while until you find the sweet spot for your boat on that day.
06-06-2010 02:03 PM
jaschrumpf Are you really supposed to release the main, though? I though you left it cleated in a close haul position with the jib backwinded.
06-04-2010 07:24 PM
Tempest just a side bar....you don't want to heave-to with a genoa.

So either use a jib..or roll your furling sail up until it clears the mast, spreaders and stays.

I use it for lunch, a quick swim on a hot day, and reefing the main.
06-04-2010 04:40 PM
jackdale In calm winds, I have hove-to and fired up the BBQ.


One little piece of advise: heave-to from a port tack. That puts you on a starboard tack and gives some stand-on privileges.

There is a heave-to, sail-to, heave-to method of MOB that can be done alone.

Jack
06-04-2010 01:40 PM
CharlieCobra I've stopped for lunch in 40+ using this technique and the ride was easy, maybe a bit wet, but easy. Just get out there and practice. Sailing backwards out of a slip is cool too. I've done that on Oh Joy twice. Scary but cool.
06-04-2010 01:18 PM
TimofBlindSquirrel Poltergeist is right on the money. You will need to experiment with how far the tiller needs to be to leeward and how much to trim the mainsail. This balance point is critical. This technique works great in all different types of weather conditions.

I used this technique on my C&C 36 quite a bit. Once I figured out the balance point it mad life so much easier. I would use it when I needed a break, while waiting for friends to catch up in their boats, or waiting for daylight outside a new harbor or anchorage.
06-04-2010 01:16 PM
poltergeist Yup, so cool it is. I've got to learn to sail backwards with confidence, for those days when I can't luff up to the dock.
06-04-2010 01:07 PM
smackdaddy Heaving to is still one of the coolest things I've learned...along with the quick stop.
06-04-2010 11:24 AM
trailblazer1229 When I was learning on a 29' C&C we had to have the wheel all the way over to leeward. Once tied off, the bow would countinuousyl swing left and then back right as the wind and rudder fought. When we saw the swirling water behind the rudder we knew we were good. The swirling helped to keep some of the swells around the boat down. We were good until a boat came screaming at us on auto pilot.
06-04-2010 09:51 AM
poltergeist Heaving to in conditions you're describing (as opposed to during heavy weather) is a great way to slow the boat way down so you can move about, eat a sandwich or just chill for a bit. Start the maneuver close hauled. Initiate a tack, but leave the jib cleated. After you've come through the wind, the jib will be back-winded, and you let the mainsheet run free. Then push the tiller slightly to leeward until the boat comes into something like balance ... on a Rhodes 19 it will be pretty easy to feel. You'll probably oscillate gently between about 30 and 60 degrees off the wind. You'll make some forward progress, but very little. When you find the "balance" point for the helm, tie off the tiller to hold it in that position. To get started again, bring the tiller back to center, release the jib and trim it on the new tack, trim the main, and you're on your way. It's a useful and fun skill to master.

Kurt
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