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Ted, is there any other option that also reduces friction that you tried/dismissed? The separate clew and tack pennants led back to the cockpit seem reasonable. Any comment as to why not this option?
Separate reef clew and tack lines do reduce friction immensely, and that's what we went with on our current boat. But, it comes at the cost of more lines in the cockpit.
On your PSC37, you'll need to create a reef tackline attachment point on the mast (perhaps and eyestrap) and then two more blocks at the mast base, make provisions for line organizers back to the cockpit and a few more spinlock rope clutches.
The other options to reduce friction would be:
1) instead of ring grommets at the reef points in the sail, attach blocks or
2) instead of regular ol Stayset for reeflines, use something more slippery like spectra - but then you'll need to do something at the clutches so they'll hold. You might try cover or even something in the core to fatten it up. The latter is what Beth and Evans do on s/v Hawk.
s/v Little Wing