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Old 01-05-2014, 03:09   #76
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Re: Heaving-To, Do you do it?

Originally Posted by Andrew Troup View Post
This is another situation where it's good to know about the alternative technique of heaving to with the main boom prevented out square, because that's where it's likely to be when trolling.

If the jib is poled to leeward (broadish reaching), no need to touch it or the main: just wind the wheel hard against the stops in the round up direction, put the wheel brake on and grab the rod.

If the jib is wung out to windward on a pole, it's a bit trickier, but otherwise (if too shorthanded to roll the jib) it can just be undersheeted to leeward. The main doesn't need touching in either situation.
Just came across this again. It occurred to me I didn't mention another (arguably better) way of heaving to quickly* when running square with genoa poled out (goosewinged). Here it is:

Gybe the main, keep the helm over to gradually round up, wind the helm right over to that side as the boat comes to a halt (windward if wheel, leeward if tiller) and lash it. Harden up preventer on the lee side of the main to keep the main boom outboard. The boat will now be hove to, with both sails poled to leeward (yes I know it's unconventional; yes it does work, no it won't bring your rig down, no the sails will not flog like crazy, instead they will luff ... provided both clews are 'triangulated' so they cannot move side to side, hence the importance of the preventer)

* eg to land a fish, but it would also work anytime you wanted to stop quickly without dropping any sails. If you are right on the hairy edge when running, in terms of carrying lots of sail, this would not be something to do just to land a fish ... but you shouldn't have a line out if it's like that !

However it would be a GREAT move if you had an MOB while towing a tripline, and the helmsman responded instantly.

It probably won't appeal to those who haven't done some racing in smallish boats with competitive and competent people on board, not because it's difficult, but because it's scary to contemplate if you haven't thrown a boat around much at some time in the past.

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