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single line reefing?
A few years ago I re-rigged my reefing lines in a single line configuration (meaning a single line to make up the new tack and clue), I changed them back to the original set up shortly thereafter, which means that I have to manually put the first and second reef cringle tack on to the goose neck horn. The new clue (for first and second reef) can be made up from the cockpit, it runs through the boom to a clutch and winch.
I changed it back because there was such a huge wad of sailcloth at the luff of the sail (especially when the second reef was in) and there was tremendous line chafe and friction on the sail at that point. I wish I would have tried blocks at the reef points at the luff to determine if that had any affect on the friction.
The sail shape is much better now than what it was with the single line setup. This was a better solution for me.