For my boat, it depends on the conditions.
If the wind is very light, I need a jib up front otherwise she rounds up no matter what I do.
In winds from 10 up to 40-ish knots or so she heave-to's well with just the reefed mainsail
since there is enough windage on her bow to keep her from rounding up. I just have to adjust it a little based on the wind speed and seas.
Too much more than that and she has a tendency to being blown beam on, possibly due to the reduction in mainsail area and the center of pressure from the sail moving forward. I have tied a small piece of tarp to the backstay with some success keeping her in a good position, but I don't get to practice with it too much here in Florida
. If I leave more sail up, she heels alot and then rounds up again, needing a backwinded storm jib
that then makes her heel even more. It works but is a little uncomfortable at that heel angle, although she sits well.
I suppose I could tie a drouge or sea anchor
to the bow and that might pull her back around to a good position, but I hate being unable to maneuver.
Every boat behaves different.... you have to experiement with yours.
My Cape Dory
has a full keel
with a cutaway fore-foot.