Originally Posted by MedSailor
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?
You didn't mention easing the main halyard to allow the reef tack to come down to the boom as you haul in on the reefing line(s). If you have jiffy reefing or single line reefing, this would explain why your boom is pointing to the sky.
So, the question is: are you bringing the reef tack down to the boom when you reef?