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Re: Give me a break: Techniques for Heaving-To

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Ya I guess that's it.
OK, I will try it out --- in 5 months

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The way I see it, this sailing thing is pretty easy, sheet it in, let go the helm, and she'll sit there pointing into the wind. Let off on the sheet and pull to windward on the tiller and she'll start moving. Sail flaps, pull it in, boat heels too much let her out a little. The boat know's how to sail, you just have too listen to her. A lot of tech sailors make it a lot more difficult than it really is.

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On one occasion when the dingy we were towing flipped over in boisterous conditions, we immediately hove to. This gave us a stable platform to fix the situation. A great technique everyone should be aware of.
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Re: Give me a break: Techniques for Heaving-To

Technique? It takes "technique"??

Long ago and far away, when I started sailing my dink, an old salt told me; "When in doubt... let it out!"
Always worked for me.
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We were in a mistral north of Mallorca when we had to fix something.
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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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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..

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Re: Give me a break: Techniques for Heaving-To

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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.
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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.

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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.

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