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Old 10-02-2013
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Re: Heaving-To versus Bare Poles

bfloyd and unkle toad---the first time in the nasty soup, i wasnt wearing pants..lol...just a wife beater shirt way to big--made a dress--second time i was in my sweats as it was cold....lol..
first time was a lil scary, but it didnt seem so bad when we were in it, as we were busy, until we read the noaa reports of the what it was...rodlmao--that was a lil nerve wracking... when you are out in it, it doesnt always seem as bad as it is -- sometimes it seems much much much worse.
something about lightning everywhere and not able to hear the thunder to know you are still alive and not dreaming...surfing into apalach on 6 plus foot short interval seas....hoooyaahhh....makes 20 kts seem calm.
sailing along as nice as you please then wearing a sea at 0300 ....oops....gom has some wak seas--like a norge washing machine on heavy duty wash cycle.
after gom and the close set confused seas in those nasty tboomers, sailing the rollers of pacific even in 60 kt chubasco was easy. no bad seas......

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Re: Heaving-To versus Bare Poles

Hove to is usually more comfortable than bare poles at least it is in my experience.

Possibly a little safer too but I have nothing to back that up.
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Re: Heaving-To versus Bare Poles

Originally Posted by Cruisingdreamspress View Post
After taking seven years to leisurely complete my solo circumnavigation around the world I survived many sever storms by heaving to in my full keel Hans Christian, 38 f00t cutter. I beleive if I had continued to sail in such weather that I or my boat would have perished.

My feelings are based on my boat but if you can heave to in any boat that stays behind the the created slick I feel you will be safer than running under bare poles. The series drogue may also be an option but having never used one I'm concerned that even with a long bridle at the stern the yawing caused by following waves may cause the tow line to damage my windvane or hold the stern down at the approach of breaking waves,

I practiced heaving to on day sails long before I had the nerve to sail off on my circumnavigation. My book, Islands, Oceans and Dreams is now on Kindle and covers my thoughts on this subject.
hans c, beautiful boats...drogue I have used in a power boat and once set in a storm the force is huge and could easily rip things apart. Was an eye opener
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Re: Heaving-To versus Bare Poles

Many years ago I would have put up the spinnaker.
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Re: Heaving-To versus Bare Poles

We went through a squall in a Chi-Mac race once under bare poles on a Pearson 37. We were going 8 knots dead downwind, and the anemometer was reading over 50 knots. I would not have wanted any sail up. They would have a/overpowered us b/been shredded and unusable afterwards. Heaving to seems to work in conditions that are more managable.
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