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Old 01-19-2008
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Read this post, as it should explain most of your questions about getting the most out of sailnet.

If you're going to lead the reefing lines aft, you really should lead the main halyard, topping lift and outhaul aft as well. I highly recommend using a two-line reefing system, even though this takes a bit more hardware than a single-line reefing system, because it allows you better control over the reefed sail shape and it is usually faster. There are other advantages to two-line reefing systems, which you can read about here.

You'll probably want a fairlead on either side of the mast, just a bit above or below where the gooseneck attaches to lead the reefing tack lines fair down to the foot blocks to turn them aft. You'll also want the reefing tack lines to come through the boom and then down to foot blocks.

Lead all seven (or eight) lines aft to line clutches, and then to a winch or two. The lines are as follows:
  1. Topping Lift
  2. Main Halyard
  3. Outhaul
  4. Cunningham or Boom Vang(optional)
  5. Reef 1 Tack
  6. Reef 1 Clew
  7. Reef 2 Tack
  8. Reef 2 Clew

Then to reef:
  • Turn head to wind or heave to,
  • Release the Mainsheet, Boomvang and/or Cunningham.
  • Ease the Outhaul
  • Tension the Topping Lift
  • Lower the Main Halyard to the reefing point you want to use—these should be marked on the halyard by a whipping.
  • Tension the Reef Tack line
  • Tension the Reef Clew line
  • Tension the Main Halyard
  • Ease the Topping lift
  • Tension the Boomvang
  • Set the Mainsheet.

To shake out a reef:
  • Turn head to wind or heave to,
  • Release the Mainsheet, Boomvang and/or Cunningham.
  • Tension the Topping Lift
  • Ease the Reef Clew line
  • Ease the Reef Tack line
  • Tension the Main Halyard
  • Tension the Outhaul if using the full main
  • Ease the Topping lift
  • Tension the Boomvang
  • Set the Mainsheet.

As for setting the deck hardware up for this, you'll need seven or eight line clutches, in whatever combination will work for you, a winch that is normally free for use for these lines, seven or eight blocks to use as turning blocks near the mast base, and several deck organizers.

The hardware should all be properly secured, bedded and backed for the loads involved. Setting it up this way should make it possible for you to reef in under two minutes without having to leave the cockpit.

I think this is all about right, but mistakes are possible, so YMMV.
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Last edited by sailingdog; 01-19-2008 at 12:03 PM.
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