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Was Boat A displaying the required dayshape to indicate "not under command"? I would suggest "restricted maneuverability" would be in fact the correct dayshape.
My guess is no, you were not.
You were in fact sailing if you were making two knots, indicating you were in a current or your boat was not stalled out and drifting downwind. You just weren't sailing very well. I would suggest that it would be difficult for a boat sailing close-hauled at five or six knots to distinguish your "hove to" from "poor sailing, but sailing nonetheless" as two knots is pretty fast movement for "hove to". Had you displayed the appropriate dayshapes (which I know few own and fewer use, even fishermen or dredgers), there would have been less ambiguity and more a response of "I don't know what those cones and balls mean, but I do know I'll give it a wide berth...READY TO TACK..."
You were counting on another sailor to divine your intention to remain hove-to. That's not his duty. You were moving, if slowly, and were the windward boat. Therefore the onus was on you to make your intentions known to him. You could've used a signal horn, also, or a bell, but that's not generally understood these days either, although it's probably a better bet than dayshapes!
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