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post #17 of Old 08-17-2010
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If you putz around in lakes and bays, I supposed you ought to have any system that rings your bell. If you sail offshore, the simpler the better, because Murphy's Law is always in effect.
Slab reefing is the simplest, least apt to fail, and doesn't lessen the stregnth of your mast or boom. If you are lazy about flaking the main, then add lazy jacks - but I can tell you from experience, if you get caught in a real blow and need to reduce sail, they can impede your dropping the mail.

s/v Paloma, Bristol 29.9, #141
Slipped in Bahia Marina, easy access to Corpus Christi Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
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