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This doesn't really help much, since the exit slot is angled and the blocks would not line up fair with the line inside the boom, chafing the line, though probably to a lesser degree. Installing a spar slot exit plate would probably help a lot, since it would be less abrasive than the aluminum spar itself.
Passing the reefing line through the center of the two sheaves would eliminate chafe at the exit slot from the boom. The aft box-sheave keeps the line fair within the boom. (The line doesn't care whether the block is vertical or horizontal or anything in between.) The forward box-sheave provides a low friction lead to the turning block on the luff. That, coupled with the Goiot cringles you described would pretty much eliminate friction/chafe at the boom end.
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Last edited by svHyLyte; 02-12-2011 at 09:05 AM.