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Old 07-01-2006, 06:30   #1
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Heaving-to

After reading several articles and posts on heavy weather sailing, I remain with some ambivalence as to whether to heave-to with main and jib, jib alone, main alone. To tack or not to tack. Roller furling ok to reduce sail area or is an appropriate jib necessary?
I realize there remain many variables in conditions as to the ‘best’ way to do it. I am just trying to visualize this before we go out and practice these maneuvers. I am sure this is basic for you ‘old salts’ - remember I’m green, but eager to learn. Be gentle.
Your opinions, comments, advice is appreciated.
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Mario, if you have access to the December 2005 Cruising World, there is an excellent article by Beth Leonard on heaving to and forereaching, wherein Beth discusses how different vessels will behave differently, techniques you'll need to consider (e.g. heaving to with backed jib for an hour or two with the jib sheet lying across the forward lower shroud won't be a problem; overnight and it will be gone), and the use these two different techniques can serve depending on the vessel involved.

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heaving to

Mario,

Try this link: http://www.videos.sailingcourse.com/heaving_to_wmv3.htm

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I bought that book and DVD Storm tactics from Linn and Larry Pardey. When I tried their system out on my boat in 35 knots and 12 foot seas it worked exactly like they said it would.
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The book, and DVD. Storm tactics from Linn and Larry Pardey. Is a very good buy. Kai Nui's website show interviews the Pardey's.

Irwinsailor, just to let you know. That the DVD should have that interview on it. I personally haven't read the book yet. But, I must at lest hear it from various sources more than once a week.
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I found the book at amazon.com,
Storm Tactics Handbooks: Modern Methods of Heaving-To for Survival in Extreme Conditions- Lin Pardey Paperback

but no cd. Is this a set or sold separately?

Lodesman, I had found that clip before but was unable to view it, I'll try again.

Thank you for the replies.
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Yes it is.
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The DVD is called "Storm Tactics" (no handbook) and can be ordered from Good Old Boat website as well as others - $30.

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FWIW

One book I recent received that I have been really impressed with was the Dashew's "Surviving the Storm"

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There is a similar thread going on over at the Renegade Cruiser board which also has links to a few other threads.

http://www.renegade-cruisers.org/bb/...pic.php?t=3964
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The thing to keep in mind is that a boat is like a seesaw on it's side - it goes left and right instead of up & down. As long as you have equal & opposing forces on either end, the boat will balance .

So much depends on what kind of seesaw you are sailing - underwater profile, rig type, etc. The best advice - read the above and watch the DVD, and then don't stick it in your back pocket, go out and practice.

And remember, heaving-to isn't just for breakfast anymore (or getting rid of breakfast). I never motor into the wind to set or lower the main. Set the job, heave to, tie off the tiller, ease the jib sheet until she points at least a beam reach, push the boom out ovefr the side, and up she goes. To lower, same thing in reverse.
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Old 13-01-2006, 06:35   #11
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Just recieved my copy of the Pardey's book and cd...
Now all we need to do is find our way out of our hurricane hideout and put these tactics into practice, or practice these tactics. If we can get this down it will certainly increase our confidence.
Thanks again to all for the recomendations.

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What do you think of the DVD?
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Great Cd/Book !!
Easy to understand and well illustrated, the cd simple and down to earth with lots of good information. They make it seem sooo easy.
We will see when we try it.
Five months later and just now able to leave my storm hide out, but still have no harbor to return to.
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Here is a copy of the article Jack mentions: http://www.bethandevans.com/pdf/heavingto.pdf
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The second thing I teach my buddies is Heaving too. The first is MOB.... After all, its not just for storms anymore...
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