Good sail tonight.
Made a point of keeping some tension on the reefing line as I pulled out the jib.
Was able to hand furl the job at the end. Still stiffer than I'd like - but to bad.
I'll look into lubrication and halyard tension soon. Might make it that much easier.
Of course there are always new issues - tonight my trusty and recently serviced outboard decided to pack it in 500m off dock. Had to sail it in. Winds were light and perfectly angle for an easy docking on the outer rim - but not the challenge I was hoping for!
Thx for all the advice. Little more work I'll have that part sorted and ready to tackle the next.