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Re: How Does Your Islander Sail?
I don't use a reefing hook. I have a line tied to a block near the back of the boom, it then goes up through the reef cringel on the back of the main, and back through the block, along the boom to a turning block on the mast, up to the cringel (eye) on the front of the main, back down to a block on the deck, and back to the cockpit. I think you can find a diagram if you look up slab oer jiffy reefing. If not let me know.
As far as I'm conerned, it is much easier to reef than to change jibs. Also, don't hesitate to lower the traveler, to the leeward, downwind side, but keep the main sheeted in. It is amazing how much it takes the heel out, and keeps you pointing well.
John Y. Jackson on Aquila