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Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 13-05-2013, 12:31
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Posted By Andrew Troup
Re: Heaving To Under Main Only

Thanks, Ben, for taking the time to carefully think through the implications of the method.

Some piercing insights there, I reckon. The speed and accuracy of adaptation to a new wind direction is...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 12-05-2013, 17:53
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Posted By Andrew Troup
Re: Heaving To Under Main Only

Did you catch the key item of info from the OP:

"prevent/vang the boom out as far as it will go, ie against the aft lower, and snug the mainsheet to stabilise the boom."

????

This is a...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 12-05-2013, 17:50
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Posted By Andrew Troup
Re: Heaving To Under Main Only

Give it a go, mate !
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 02-05-2013, 13:50
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Posted By Andrew Troup
Re: Heaving To Under Main Only

I just came across a reference to this method from back in the mid 1980s. The fact that the description is so offhand (in a report which went into detail) suggests the technique may have been more...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 19-06-2012, 00:27
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Posted By Andrew Troup
Re: Heaving To Under Main Only

Dave

Gedanken: great word. I hadn't come across it before, although I'm very keen on what it describes. Schönen Dank !

Thanks for your detailed declaration. I think you have articulated a...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 18-06-2012, 17:02
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Posted By Andrew Troup
Re: Heaving To Under Main Only

You make a couple of good points, I reckon.

Putting the headsail away before heaving to is certainly an attractive fringe benefit of this method if you're carrying plenty of sail for the breeze...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 18-06-2012, 05:00
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Posted By Andrew Troup
Re: Heaving To Under Main Only

While I'm posting to this thread, did anyone get around to trying my suggested experiment, quoted above by Ex-Calif?
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 18-06-2012, 04:56
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Posted By Andrew Troup
Re: Heaving To Under Main Only

I just stumbled across something which helped me understand a possible reason why some posters to this thread had such a visceral (verging on scathing) reaction to the notion of stopping en route.
...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 01-04-2012, 17:43
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Posted By Andrew Troup
Re: Heaving To Under Main Only

A pertinent and penetrating question. Given that the mast is inevitably further forward on main-only boats, they're less resistant to being put about when hove-to with the main sheeted amidships than...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 01-04-2012, 14:56
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Posted By Andrew Troup
Re: Heaving To Under Main Only

Flogging happens when a soft sail is presented substantially lined up with the flow, with the clew free to move sideways (across the flow) to some extent - the distance need not be great.

At one...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 24-03-2012, 01:02
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Posted By Andrew Troup
Re: Heaving To Under Main Only

"What you have described is lying ahull while flogging sail."

.... sigh .... (gallic shrug)
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 23-03-2012, 23:56
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Posted By Andrew Troup
Re: Heaving To Under Main Only

Daddle

Your reservations remind me of the perils of conventional wisdom. For example

Most people "know" that potatoes will not boil evenly unless they are covered with water. Provided the lid...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 23-03-2012, 22:39
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Posted By Andrew Troup
Re: Heaving To Under Main Only

Boy, am I ever wishing I'd never used the lunch example, in my list of reasons (other than heavy weather) it might be useful to stop comfortably and quietly without

a) anchoring
b) hauling down...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 23-03-2012, 22:12
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Posted By Andrew Troup
Re: Heaving To Under Main Only

Thanks Paul for taking the trouble to pass that on.

I have noticed that sailing does seem to be one of those activities where those who are experienced enough to be well placed to assess new...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 03-03-2012, 11:48
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Views: 8,683
Posted By Andrew Troup
Re: Heaving to under main only

A few points:

Firstly, I repeat, I am NOT promoting this as a heavy weather manoeuvre, and am hoping to keep this thread a heavy weather discussion-free zone. The method is well suited for winds...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 02-03-2012, 21:30
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Views: 8,683
Posted By Andrew Troup
Re: Heaving to under main only

Thanks for that. Are you talking about the traditional method (boom amidships) or the method I'm promoting (boom squared to the boat)?

One other thing, I was hoping for this discussion not to...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 02-03-2012, 18:45
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Posted By Andrew Troup
Heaving To Under Main Only

First can I explain that my question relates to routine uses of heaving to, rather than as a storm tactic.

By routine uses, I mean:

to enable everyone to eat together, using both hands (I...
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