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Re: Reefing set-up for Contessa
Does what you refer to as your 'reef outhaul' lead from a boom end sheave straight up to the reef clew and is it tied off there? On our boat the clew reef lines run from the boom end, up to the clew cringle, then down to the boom to a point just aft of the 'outhauled' position of the reefed clew. This gives more downward pull as well as 'outhaul' ability. However with the boom that much longer you may want another padeye on the boom so that your clew reef line runs along the boom first them up to the cringle and back down the other side. Both attachment point and padeye could be in a similar/same location on either side. This would fully address the 'down' pull you need. Just be sure the points are far enough aft on the boom to give the reefed sail adequate foot tension.
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