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post #9 of Old 03-06-2012
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Re: Setting up for easy single handed reefing

Also another thing to consider is if you have a deck stepped mast or keel stepped mast the placement of the blocks becomes varied. If you have a deck stepped mast this is not so much of an issue but if you have a keel stepped mast running any lines aft you have to consider the fact that any halyard or reefing line ran aft will pull up on the deck where the redirecting block is. That is unless you have a mast collar attached to mast. Another thing to consider is the reefing lines running through the clew should optimally be run inside the boom so that no angle is created by whichever point of sail you are on. If it is just ran to the mast then the line will either stretch and put strain on the block fitting on the mast or slack off and adjust the reef you just set. The biggest problem with doing this rigging scenario is that it is a particularly spendy option or requires a lot of work on your part. But such is the life of a boat owner.
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