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  • v. To stop (a seagoing vessel).
  • v. To back-wind the jib and luff the main to hold a position especially in heavy seas.


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  • I was still learning my blue-water sailing skills, and he was a big help when I practiced maneuvers that I thought I might need for the future, like learning how to heave-to with a sea anchor or reef sail in a hard blow; necessary skills, but not always exciting.

    The Emerald Triangle

  • In Sailing Skills we learned how to anchor and how to heave-to.

    Sailing Fundamentals

  • If an Avon overturned, or even if a crew member were thrown overboard there would be no place on this river to heave-to and pick up survivors.

    The Seventh Scroll

  • Captain and crew, despite all their wild and erratic exertions, seemed powerless either to complete the manoeuvre and head her into the current, or to heave-to and prevent her from ploughing headlong into the granite blocks of 'the wharf and staving in her great gilded bows.

    River God

  • I shouted to the crews as they sailed past me, but so great was their terror that they would not heave-to and pick me from the water. '

    River God

  • We read with satisfaction that our sea captains gave orders to heave-to whenever these wretched people were encountered in their leaky craft, take them on board, and transport them to some harbour.

    The Nobel Peace Prize 1981 - Presentation Speech

  • If they refused to heave-to on the high seas for examination the utmost tact would have to be employed.

    Hornblower In The West Indies

  • In his ignorance of the coast he felt that he must not venture to run into Bombay in the darkness, and resolved to heave-to during the night.

    In Clive's Command A Story of the Fight for India

  • But at this moment the signal to heave-to was seen flying at the masthead of the Kent.

    In Clive's Command A Story of the Fight for India

  • Johnson considered it prudent to heave-to and go ashore.

    Cleveland Past and Present Its Representative Men


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