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Old 12-06-2012
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Re: Main Halyards - Back to cockpit or keep at mast?

If you can reef successfully from the cockpit with out having to then inspect the reef at the mast, then bring it back , it is an advantage. But Ive seen too many reefing systems that ultimately need a trip to the gooseneck to sort out the reef. In that case leave everthing at the mast.

For example, if you have a conventional reefing system with a rams horn, then theres no point in cockpit reefing lines,

even with single line reefing, I find often you cant see if the tack cringle has got pulled down properly, especially at night on a reach , where you cant see the other side of teh sail, often this means a trip to the mast, which undoes all the advantages of in cockpit reefing ( and in that respect I am more a fan of double line reefing)

SO the answer is " it depends"
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