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PostPosted: 23 Oct 2020 14:55 
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Able Bodied Seaman

Joined: 22 Jul 2015 12:33
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Location: Stuart, Florida
Good Day Tartan 37 Owners,

I hope youre all staying safe and sailing or at least living vicariously through Sailing Soulianis whose YouTube Channel I highly recommend.

My mind was wandering today and I was thinking about heaving to. The last time someone posted a question about this was in 2008 but there were no responses so I thought Id pose the same question.

What sail combo, etc. have you used successfully to heave to? Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Jesse

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 Post subject: Re: Heaving To
PostPosted: 23 Oct 2020 19:04 
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Jesse - it would be best to take time and experiment. The best combo varies with wind - no set formula - so to hit on the right combination you'll need some practice to get a feel for it.

If you have the right sail area for the wind sailing close-hauled, tack the boat (slowly without going into irons) without touching the sheets. Most likely the boat will want to continue to fall off. Ease the main when on a close reach and it will cause headway, put the helm over to encourage the boat to head up - try not to stall the rudder. The backwinded jib will hold the head off the wind. If the jib pushes the boat too far down wind reduce jib area -hopefully that just takes rolling it up a bit - then start over. If it picks up too much forward motion, ease the main some if the helm is more than half over. At end, the boat should have little headway and make a broad wake on the weather side as it is pushed sideways through the water. Good luck - share your experience after playing with it.

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 Post subject: Re: Heaving To
PostPosted: 26 Oct 2020 20:38 
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Thanks for the helpful info Dave. I look forward to trying this in friendly conditions.

Jesse

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