Originally Posted by sailaway21
Well done, Giu.
I would note that all of the gear, mentioned by the Dog, is capable of being retro-fitted to virtually any boat. Harken offers two different size kits, in both single line and double line reefing, depending on the size of boat. They can be installed with a modicum of mechanical ability and a few tools. The most challenging aspect of their installation, aside from the cost, is the reinforcing of the mains'l and attaching of a steel ring to it. Perhaps, if in doubt, a sailmaker should perform that portion of the work.
Most sails that are for larger boats come with reefing points installed.
And, for the record, it is a sheave and not a pulley or pully. The sheaves in this case will reside in cheek blocks, tail blocks, and perhaps a floating block. Pulleys are generally found in Erector sets or attached to the limb of an Oak tree for automobile engine removals, both lubberly pursuits. (g)
Well said, in your snobbiest yatchly voice I might add...
and you forgot foot blocks.
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