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Re: 5 basic reefing tips, whats yours.

Reefing Tip: make your reefing system really easy to use, so that you will use it whenever you need to.

I have a single-line reefing system on my mainsail, which combined with the slippery Strong Track luff slide system, makes it easy to put in, or shake out, a reef in less than a minute from the cockpit while still sailing on course on most points of sail (maybe not dead down wind).

Ease the vang, ease the sheet, release halyard to the mark, winch in reefing line, trim the sheet (and vang if necessary), and go!
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