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Re: Single line reefing question
FWIW our Pearson 31-2 has the OEM single line reefing system and it works quite well. I have marked the reef points on the halyard so the luff is loose for setting the reef, after the reef is in, I re-tension the luff as desired. The single line system produces a nicely flat reef, however, there is a lot of reefing line to tail which means while the process is convenient and avoids leaving the cockpit, it takes a lot of tailing to complete a reef. I think the old gooseneck hook and reefing line system was quicker.
The key to this system working smoothly (if a bit slowly) is that there is a two block connection (the blocks being end-to-end) in the boom, which connect the forward line part of the reefing line to the aft part - as the tack hits the gooseneck and tightens up, the block system seamlessly directs the line load to the clew which then tightens equally.
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Last edited by sailingfool; 07-16-2014 at 10:01 AM.