Topic: Heaving-To in a co26
I've been reading the Pardey book "Storm Tactics" and really enjoying it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is planning on some extensive open water cruising.
In this book, the Pardeys say that a sloop or cutter with a long keel and moderately cut-away forefoot would probably heave-to in the same manner as both of the boats they have voyaged in with this type of design. The Contessa 26 seems like it does a good job of meeting this description to me. Their method of heaving-to in these boats was to use the Mainsail Only and the tiller tied to leeward about 15 degrees. They describe using this method in lighter winds with the full Mainsail up and also with a triple-reefed main in Force 10 winds off the coast of England with excellent results.
Has anyone on this forum tried heaving-to in this way? I would LOVE to hear your stories about heaving-to and if you don't heave-to like this, what are your methods of heaving-to in the co26? I did a search on the forum before writing this post, but didn't seem to turn up much on the subject. Its my hope that I might inspire a lively discussion on the subject as heaving-to is such an awesome boat-handling tool to have in our skill set for any conditions....especially when things start getting rough.
Thanks a lot for reading my post and I can't wait to hear from you all!