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Aaron Norlund

Remember that the basic principle of heaving to is to have the bow about 60 or so degrees off the wind so she isn't really pitch polling, but not broached (which is uncomfortable and unsafe).

To get the bow that far up, especially on a W32, you'll probably need to put a bit of sail up aft (trysail or deep reefed main) and experiment with how much sail you need from the foresails to keep the bow knocked back. I would think a small amount aft and a reefed stays'l would be good for up to about force 7 or maybe 8. Past that though, the bow's windage will probably be enough and the trys'l would probably do it.

It's normal for the boat to go between a broach and closer reach, but it can be a real worry if she slips to a broad reach because an accidental gybe in horrendous winds is a nightmare at least. I've never heard of "tuning the rudder" when hove to. Hard over on your favorite point is the only way I've found to be successful at keeping speed down and the bow up far enough.

Good luck and may you never need to go hove to for weather!

Aaron N.

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