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I'd point out that the Storm Tactics book really isn't designed for modern sailboats...it wasn't really written with high-aspect bulb keel boats in mind. It also wasn't written with multihulls in mind. While the book, updated last in 2008 for the 3rd edition, is a great resource...saying it is for modern sailboats is not quite right.

I'd point out that much of the information in the book does apply, to a degree, to modern sailboats, a lot of it isn't all that useful. For instance, the "slick" that is created when heaving-to doesn't really happen with a high aspect bulb keeled boat. This makes heaving-to a slightly less useful storm tactic for a modern high-aspect keel boat in storm conditions. This isnt' to say that heaving-to doesn't work on a modern design, but it does lose a lot of its value as a storm survival tactic IMHO.


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I highly recommend this book on heaving to in modern sailboats:

Storm Tactics Handbook: Modern Methods of Heaving-To for Survival in Extreme Conditions
by Lin Pardey, Larry Pardey

I've found that with a 110 jib on my C22, the backwinded jib overpowers the main, and pushes the bow too far off the wind for proper 45-50 degree angle from the wind. My C22 will heave to better under the main alone, but I don't have a small 90% jib as you do.

It seems like fore-reaching becomes a problem when winds are too strong. If the C22 is fore-reaching, perhaps get a deeper reef installed in your mainsail, and a smaller jib (or no jib).

A parachute sea anchor rigged with a pendant line will also prevent the boat from fore-reaching, and make it possible to heave-to under bare poles for severe weather:

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I'd point out that the Storm Tactics book really isn't designed for modern sailboats...it wasn't really written with high-aspect bulb keel boats in mind. It also wasn't written with multihulls in mind. While the book, updated last in 2008 for the 3rd edition, is a great resource...saying it is for modern sailboats is not quite right.
??? It specifically addresses the issues of heaving to multihulls and high-aspect bulb keel boats, including specific case studies, testimonials, and techniques for these boats.

While the Pardeys themselves have a more traditional boat, they do yacht deliveries and test these techniques on modern boats.

I can't say from personal experience that a modern boat wouldn't create a slick, but it seems to me that any boat (even a powerboat) would be able to create and remain under a slick if lying at a hove-to angle under a parachute sea anchor.

Also- we're talking here about the C22, not an Open 40.
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Hmm... I'll have to see which version I have... I thought I had the 2008 3rd edition...that may not be the case then.
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Hmm... I'll have to see which version I have... I thought I had the 2008 3rd edition...that may not be the case then.
Same version I have.
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BTW - I recommend heaving-to from a port tack;this puts you on a starboard tack, making you stand-on to more vessels.
Awesome tip! Thanks!
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Very good points here. One additional step is to put the rudder over to windward. The boat will want to point into the wind, and the back-winded foresail will counter that. As noted above, there will be some "crabbing" movement, but the boat will be quite stable.
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