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Don and Margaret Lacoste

Hello All,

I have been learning more about my W-32. I have tried to Heave To on the bay with winds blowing around 20. I tried just using headsails. With staysail alone, I kept the sail backstayed and lashed the tiller all the way to leeward. The boat could not come much into the wind holding at more than 90 degrees off the wind. I was drifting at about 1.8 knots to leeward according to my gps.

I then tried to add a bit of jib off the roller keeping the staysail backed. At first I backed the jib as well but fell off the wind at more angle than staysail alone. I moved the reefed jib to leeward and that improved the situation as the boat was now able to point into the wind. A couple times, the boat tacked which means I had the tiller too much to leeward.

Any suggestions on heaving to would be welcomed as this is a critical feature of storm management. I would assume that the W32 can do this efficiently.


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