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11-28-2012 01:27 PM
Barquito
Re: Give me a break: Techniques for Heaving-To

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LOOK up lin and larry pardey and order there books or dvds! They have been sailing the world for 30+ yrs and dont even hv a mtr!
Good advice. However, there are a lot of folks on this forum who have sailed in pretty snotty conditions (not me!), who have differing opinions on storm management. Seems like a difficult thing to sort out b/c you can't really experiment with it unless you are in really tough conditions. Most people would to choose to (or even have the opportunity to) go out in those kind of conditions.

Still, heaving-to seems to be an important skill to work on in as many conditions as possible.
11-25-2012 06:53 AM
SchwarckT
Re: Give me a break: Techniques for Heaving-To

How to Heave To - Heave-to a Sailboat
11-21-2012 10:00 PM
seabrookedan The bt is Not in irons with sail lufting around! There goes your sail if so. The grtst skill in sailing is to balance your sails. Mastering this can enable the bt to sail itself without an auto pilot and even without a rudder! taking from this is how you will heave to. Diff bts heave to differently. A sloop has its mast further forwrd than a ketch so the point of balance is different. your heave to sail plan/ method has to be based on your point of balance. The sails are full but the forces of sail and rudder are oppisite each other so the bt cannot rnd up and take off. I dnt think these other guys really know what there talking about as balancing your sails is somewhat of a lost art. One guy even claimed a sea anchor is deployed off the stern!!! Everybodys a pro and sailors egos tend to lead to a pissing contest. So dnt even listen to me. I emplore you to go to a proven source. LOOK up lin and larry pardey and order there books or dvds! They have been sailing the world for 30+ yrs and dont even hv a mtr! New age sailors rely on technology and cldnt sail themselves out of a lake if they lost there electronics! Im sure i offended some ppl here . Sorry but its the truth. Some bts like a sloop you only nd a mainsail up because the point of balance is further frwrd. Others you may need some cloth up front.whats applicable to one bt may be inapplicable to another. What ive shared is the real deal and im done. Take it or leave it
11-21-2012 07:29 PM
Cruiser2B
Re: Give me a break: Techniques for Heaving-To

I have hove to, when my mainsheet broke and for practice. I have the motion down and can get the boat to stay very stable. I am not completely hove to though, I am fore reaching 1.5 -2kts. I am thinking it might be the conidtiond. The most wind so far has only been 15-18kts. I am thinking with more wind it might stall the boat more...IDK....but I will keep trying
11-21-2012 06:41 PM
2belize&back
Re: Give me a break: Techniques for Heaving-To

very true capiton a.. also, a very good anti current devise if the wind is right and u need the zzzz's
11-21-2012 03:16 PM
Barquito
Re: Give me a break: Techniques for Heaving-To

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I do this a lot when single handling on deliveries on many different boat's in order to get some sleep. tie the wheel or tiller off and sheet the main in center. I guess technically, yes I'm sailing to windward at 0.0004 knots.
So, presumably, you tie off the tiller so that the force on the main trying to head the boat up, is balanced by the rudder being turned.
11-18-2012 09:04 PM
chall03
Re: Give me a break: Techniques for Heaving-To

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Originally Posted by Andrew Burton View Post
And that was my tenth post so I can now post the link to the article:

Smart Times for Heaving To | Cruising World
Thanks alot Andrew,

Very good article.
11-18-2012 07:01 PM
Capt.aaron
Re: Give me a break: Techniques for Heaving-To

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Originally Posted by Hartley18 View Post
Capt, correct me if I've misunderstood something (because I know this won't work on my boat or indeed many others) but wouldn't your mainsail flog itself to ribbons?!?

One of the principles behind heaving-to correctly is that both sails (fore and main) are full all the time with the main trying to drive the boat forward and the headsail pushing it back - leaving you stopped in the water. What you decribe sounds like you're still sailing..
I do this a lot when single handling on deliveries on many different boat's in order to get some sleep. tie the wheel or tiller off and sheet the main in center. I guess technically, yes I'm sailing to windward at 0.0004 knots.
11-18-2012 06:05 PM
Classic30
Re: Give me a break: Techniques for Heaving-To

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Originally Posted by Capt.aaron View Post
Ya I guess that's it.
Capt, correct me if I've misunderstood something (because I know this won't work on my boat or indeed many others) but wouldn't your mainsail flog itself to ribbons?!?

One of the principles behind heaving-to correctly is that both sails (fore and main) are full all the time with the main trying to drive the boat forward and the headsail pushing it back - leaving you stopped in the water. What you decribe sounds like you're still sailing..
11-18-2012 09:45 AM
Andrew Burton
Re: Give me a break: Techniques for Heaving-To

And that was my tenth post so I can now post the link to the article:

Smart Times for Heaving To | Cruising World
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