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Old 02-24-2012
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To scandalize a gaff sail you slack the peak halyard, (gaffs have two halyards) lowering the end of the gaff. This allows the upper aft portion of the sail to spill wind, effecting an emergency reef. I've done this in a squall, it's beautiful.
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