Join Date: Jun 2000
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That is so when the lugs stack up,(when you lower the sail to put in a reef), the sail doesn't get bunched on top of them, and you can hook the tack down properly to the boom. Otherwise, the tack wouldn't be down at the gooseneck, but would be up on top of the bunched lugs, and the reef wouldn't set properly. On some boats the stacked lugs might get higher than a crew could easily reach,too. Easier to see by actually putting in a reef than trying to explain.