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Old 20-10-2011, 15:44   #1
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Heaving-to in a Catamaran

Is it as effective to hove to on a multihul as opposed to a mono? Are there different methods involved?
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Re: Hoving to in a Catamaran

try heaving to. hove is a past tense form of the verb. y0u heave your boat to the seas. the condition of heaving to.
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Re: Hoving to in a Catamaran

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Is it as effective to hove to on a multihul as opposed to a mono? Are there different methods involved?
Like everything, it depends on the boat and the conditions. That said...

On the 2 cats I've had, no. It is hard to keep them stable in that position; they would rather be be-on or run. Beam on is bad in a cat--very uncomfortable, lots of whipping and slamming of waves on the side. No control, and capsize potential. Running is generally good, until land comes up.

What is more stable, for sort of parking in bad weather, is fore reaching. A small jib, trimmed tight, the main reefed and traveled all the way down, and the course set for a close reach.

Something like heaving to, but more comfortable and stable on a cat.

The other option, if you need some rest and it's not terrible, is a small sea anchor on a short rode. Not hard to retrieve on a cat.
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Re: Hoving to in a Catamaran

Okay Zee, but I already know how to heave on a boat... I was talking about--Never mind. I make it a point never to argue with you, Zeehag! Can one Heave to on a catamaran?
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Re: Hoving to in a Catamaran

Thank you, Thinwater. Good to know.

Oh, One more thing, Zeehag: do I correct your typos? )
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Re: Heaving-to in a Catamaran

Some catamarans do not reccomend using a sea anchor.
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Re: Heaving-to in a Catamaran

wow Zeehag...you have posted an average of 6 posts per day every day for the past 3 years. Incredible ... Does your boat ever move ?
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Re: Heaving-to in a Catamaran

rofl... so many wannabe sailors an so many mouths-- mebbe you need to go out to sail some. i have made over 1500 miles shakedown cruise before named storm season hit..i sailed 6000 miles 2009-2010. how far did YOU sail????? do you know how to sail your catamaran you dont know how to heave to???
mebbe ye should begin with sailing it then worry about whether you will live thru a storm. i KNOW my boat will be fine in heavy weather-- been there done that. have you???
if you know how to HEAVE from mono, then you should know how to HEAVE from a multihull.
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Re: Heaving-to in a Catamaran

lots of folks are at anchor and post daily ,I do and am at anchor now. Maybe a new post : "posting on CF while at anchor"
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Re: Heaving-to in a Catamaran

mebbe "posting while underway"...lol would rule a lot of folks out...me 'n' jammin would be only folks posting in that event...
gregory--if you feel the need to fix my typos, go for it-- but please learn proper usage. at least my problem is disability, not inability .............
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-if you feel the need to fix my typos, go for it-- but please learn proper usage. at least my problem is disability, not inability .............
Feels like my night mares of being back in highschool english class
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I promise you Zee, I was trying to be funny about your typos. You are the last person I want to upset. Typo away!
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Re: Heaving-to in a Catamaran

Short answer - its exactly the same as monos, some do some don't, some are easy some aren't. But most can if your search out the process. My cat will heave to exceptionally well under just main alone. And once hove to, there will be far less heaving over the side than on many other boats. My previous tri would do it well as well, but needed some headsail windward sheeted to make it work
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Re: Heaving-to in a Catamaran

never tried it in bad weather, but in normal conditions I have HEAVED TO with no problems using main and jib
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Re: Heaving-to in a Catamaran

I haven't had to heave to with our cat, the prior owners have cruised all over in her and had a fairly large paratech sea anchor on board. as well as a small drogue, I do not ever plan on being in conditions to use either but you never know, and I would rather be prepared.
I understand how to attatch and deploy- retrieve, my question is on a cat would you want to attatch these to the stern or bow? I thought I had seen an article that an offshore cat would deploy them from the stern as to avoid constant pounding, the only danger of this is swamping the cockpit with a breaking wave,
Could someone let the inexperienced in on this?
Please do not confuse my inexperience for ignorance... ignorance would be not asking.
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