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Join Date: Jul 2006
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Do a Google search on "Lin and Larry Pardee". They are very well known cruisers, writers, speakers, etc. in the sailing world. As they say, "They will forget more than I will ever learn." They have written many books and articles on many aspects of sailing from their several circumnavigations, including lots of info on heavy weather sailing - forereaching, heaving to, sea anchors, running, etc.
By the way, coming out of being heaved to with the the headsail shouldn't be too difficult. You free the windward sheet and take up on the leeward lazy sheet and you're sailing again. I agree with the others - heaving too with too much sail up or with the main sheeted in too hard will often make you heel excessively. It is important to spend some time learning how your boat best balances, and what amount of sail it balances with at different wind speeds and sea state.
s/v "Pelican" Passport 40 #076- Finished Cruising - for the moment -
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