Reefing set-up for Contessa
I know there are other threads on the subject but I thought I'd post my situation.
So right now I've got a Contessa 26 with a completely stock set-up. No traveler, hank on headsail, winches and lines at the mast. This is all fine with me except the reefing just isn't set-up right.
Currently I have two in-boom outhauls, one running to the clew and the other running to the first reef point. Naturally tightening the reefing outhaul (if that's the right term) doesn't help hold the foot of the mainsail down to the boom (this isn't helped by the fact that the boom is 1-2' longer than the foot of the main to begin with).
Not knowing what else to do, the handful of times I've reefed I've usually found a short line and lashed the clew down to the boom.
So I'm looking for suggestions for system improvements or techniques. Simple and quick are best at the moment (wanting to launch soon), but I also want to consider long term upgrades.