Lake Superior Boating Guide:
Rough Waves

Heaving To

When the waves get so bad that you and your boat are taking too much of a beating and can not make headway, you should consider "heaving-to". This is a maneuver where you head right into the waves or at a very slight angle with just enough speed to keep your ability to steer (called "maintaining steerage").

 

Photo of a rough waves on the lake.
Waves on a large lake can pose a challenges to a novice boater.

 

See also:

Weather tips

Commercial shipping