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Re: How to heave to in IOR boat (small main, large headsail, fin keel)
First of all, ideally when a boat is hove to it is perpendicular to the wind and that puts the perpendicular to the waves. Having the bow slightly upwind puts more strain on the rudder since most boats but especially fin keel boats tend to 'cradle' (move forward a little then aft a little in a series of arcs) a little when hove to. Putting the bow slightly upwind means that the boat will move aft slight faster than forward risking damage to the rudder. So, with that in mind, it sounds like your boat is heaving to perfectly.
Many IOR boats will heave to, but they do risk damaging the rig and sails if the headsail is left lapping the shrouds in a strong breeze.
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