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post #21 of Old 07-23-2019
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Re: Heave To

I can (and do) heave to in my Catalina 22. It tends to oscillate back and forth, so even with my main sheeted in the boat will often be beam to the wind, so I don’t think I’d want to use the technique in large waves.

I practice on every boat I charter, and some work better than others. I remember one with a deep high-aspect keel that just wouldn’t do it.

So in my limited experience, the shallower and longer the keel the easier a boat heaves to. I’ve never sailed a full keel boat, but I’d guess they heave to like anything, and perhaps that’s why it used to be a popular storm tactic.

Catalina 22
on a starboard tack

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