Originally Posted by PCP
It seems not for you. Boom lift prevents the boom to get lower than what should be. I don't understand why your boom goes up. If you are lowering the main and have not the boom secured by the boom lift or a have strong boom jack, the weight of the sail should bring the boom down.
The only thing I can thought is that you have a very powerful boom jack but if that's the case you have just to pull it down to the right position before reefing.
Hmmm.... Good point. I don't have a boom jack, but I do have a topping lift that I rarely adjust. When I put a reef in I have to let out a bunch of mainsheet and then as I pull the reefing line in the end of the boom lifts up to meet the new clew.
Then, when I shake out the reef I let the reefing line out slowly and the boom comes back down. Were I to loose control of that line it would "fall" back down to horizontal where the topping lift would catch it.
Perhaps I should phrase my question differently:
Is there any reason that I shouldn't just have the sail built so that the boom stays level with each reef?