Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Gloucester, Mass. USA
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best way to reef a main
When I''m crewed up, I can usually tuck a reef on the fly. Get on Starboard tack, (which is why the mainsailís controls are traditionally located on the starboard side of the mast) and have my helmsman round up briefly while I lower or hoist. Single handed, I can either heave too, drop all or motor into it under autopilot (not recommended) while I tend to the main.