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Re: Low friction rings for single-line reefing
I have never seen a single line reefing system which actually worked very well. There tends to be a lot of friction, much higher line loads, and an absurd amount of line to haul. I have actually removed single line reefing from a couple of my boats after not being able to get decent sail shape when reefed and not being able to get a reef in quickly enough.
But if you have your heart set on single line reefing, then I would strongly suggest that you look at ways to reduce friction. While those rings are supposed to offer a lower friction than simple stainless steel rings, I would suggest that you would do better using small low friction blocks instead. I would also suggest using small diameter high modulus line, or the core of a high modulus line with its cover removed to further reduce friction.
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