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Today was the first time I attempted to reef the mainsail. I have a two line reefing system, and the lines go through the boom. The sail has 2 reefs.
I tried to do the first reef, and I ended up pulling the entire line out of the boom.(the front line that connects to the luff of the sail, goes through the boom, and aft to the cockpit) Apparently the knot came loose off of the cringle and it shook back and forth in the very strong winds.
So I resorted to reef number 2 and all went well.
I arrived back at my slip, pulled out the inner block, eventually rethreaded the line, but not I'm entirely sure it's right, because the line is kind of stuck now, hard to pull.
How is this really fixed, the boom is riveted together. Does it need to be taken completely apart? Has this ever happened to anyone? Any advice on how to thread it properly?