I've come up with some of the same questions doing short day sails
in manageable conditions. Even on a mild day the wind
(know here as 'the doctor') comes up from the south fairly intensely and quickly in the later afternoon. It can be difficult to close haul in that wind
particularly as my boat is so tender
. So I've had opportunities to try heaving to when reefing single handed. Has worked well so far. Seas have not been rough - as planned - so far, so good to be reminded I do have an engine
if need be. Autopilot
is in the short term plan as well.