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Re: Anchoring single handed whilst hove to?
When I have anchored under sail. I typically use Jeff's 1st method. Douse the jib/genoa early, however you do that, and sail toward your desired anchor spot using the main only. I see no reason to have the jib/genoa up and hove to
If the Jib/Genoa is Hanked on, after you get it down and secured, and while you're at the bow, prepare the anchor. For me that means un-securing it and having it just hang off the bow roller slightly, so it's not banging the Hull. Cleat off the chain or rode, I leave the anchor locker open.
Then, Sail up to your anchorage using main alone pinching into the wind, keeping speed to a minimum. Head into the wind, ease or release the main sheet, and let the boat stop over your drop point. Uncleat and Lower the anchor, and as the boat drifts back, pay out some rode, snug it when you've gotten about a 3-1 ratio payed out. You could if you want, leave the rode coiled on deck and cleated off around 3-1 and then go backwind the eased mainsail to help you get moving backwards and let it pay itself out. Once your anchor grabs, you can release the main halyard and go forward and pay out more scope. The bow may fall off a little, You'll know that the anchor has set, if it brings the bow back to windward
Last edited by tempest; 11-10-2019 at 09:56 AM.