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Old 03-05-2010
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Yes, the hook should be long enough for both. If the sail "binds" when hooking in the reef, you can easily de-hook the original tack (I used to do this all the time on my o'l 22). You are right, the chainplate/bulkhead issue is a bigge and you want to fix that as soon as you can. You might want to takle that one first, as you may find it easier to de-step the mast so you can rebed/repair all the through deck connections on the shrouds and stays at one time. Which allows you to work on mast and boom horizontally and at waist height. You may have some delay times while wood is drying out and epoxy is setting up. I have to take off my headstay and bullnose sometime this year and re-bed the whole lot. I'm going to time it with a backstay mod, then I can get the whole rig tuned at one time. (inspected too). We all must pay the piper.
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