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post #4 of Old 05-16-2003
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single line reefing?

Tsenator: We gave up the tack hook type of reefing on our 280 sf main many years ago as it was too difficult to make up while the main was flogging even slightly. We now employ a 4 part tackle. One end is dead ended below and forward of the gooseneck on the port side of the mast. The lead is then routed up to a single block at the reef tack, down the port side to a turning block at the mast base, and up the stbd side to a single block at the tack then down to a stbd side cleat below and forward of the gooseneck. The ends must lead forward as well as down to counter the tension along the foot. The single blocks on each side of the tack are joined by a 1/4 inch SS rod connector in the shape of a U with an eye at the end of each leg. The port side eye captures the bail of the single block while the stbd side eye is just open enough for the bail of its single block to be slipped out. It is very easy for my 75 year old wife to remove the block connector from the Cunningham cringle and transfer it to the reef tack before the sheets and halyard are eased. If you mark the halyard for it''s reefed position and cleat it, the reefing tackle will pull the tack home and secure it. This has worked well for us. Regards, George
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