I'm pondering some rig changes for this winter. My goal is to make this boat a bulletproof cruiser, able to handle most anything. The boat is a 1961 28' Pearson Triton
I currently have three reef points in the main. Unfortunately I don't have the dimensions of them at this point and can't put the main up at the moment, but the first one is approx 20" up and I think the second is about the same. The third one is quite extreme, maybe half the length of the sail.
I have jiffy reefing for the first and second reefs. Currently I don't have a reefing line for the third reef. I've never been tempted to use it at this point, but I'd like to be able to. I did make the outhaul for the main long enough that it should be able to make it to the third reef. I figured I could use that plus a sailtie around the boom if need be.
In everything up to a medium breeze (maybe 13 knots) the boat balances beautifully under full main and working jib. After that, weather helm starts building up quickly. I end up reefing pretty early and the boat will balance under working jib and reefed main. My issue is that generally if I end up taking in the first reef, I'll end up taking the second one shortly after that.
So I'm pondering dumping the first reef entirely and moving that block to the third reef. I could also install an additional reefing line for the third reef, but I'm concerned about increasing the amount of spaghetti in the cockpit and increased fouling of the mainsail.
Pros of dumping the first reef:
If I actually do need the third reef, it's likely to be in a situation that I don't want to get the main outhaul off the main and attach it to the third reef. Also, without a reefing line on the third reef I don't have any of the downhaul action from the reefing line to help get the sail back to the boom (this is also an argument for just installing a third reef line)
I'd lose the first reef...the 2nd reef is pretty deep. There is probably a good window of wind speed where the 1st reef is going to be helpful.
Unforunately I have limited pictures of the boat sailing or with the main up. This is a picture of me sailing with the 2nd reef taken in and full jib.