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Rod Lawson

Since my last post I have had a couple of opportunities to experiment with heaving to. The most recent was in about 25knots of wind when I put 2 reefs in the main and lashed the tiller over to the leeward side. This seemed to work perfectly and the slick (or turbulence) from the keel was clearly visible. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) the sea was pretty flat and I wasn't able to test the technique in breaking seas to see if the slick protects the boat from breaking seas as described in the pardey video. As for lashing the tiller I simply tied it off to a cleat near the base of the boomkin but I figure any method of tying the tiller to the leeward side will work. In stronger winds I imagine the storm tri sail will work very well.

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