What does "Heave-to" mean?

Today it means: A way to steady the boat.

A sailing boat can heave-to by backing the headsail to leeward and easing the main. This has the effect of having both sails working against each other and the boat, more or less, stops. Used to steady the boat while a particular task gets completed or to rest the crew.

See also: Leeward  and: Headsail  and: Backing

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              

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