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beneteau 285 reefing

I helped put the sails on a beneteau 285.

I noticed that the two stainless loops on the bottom of the boom that are usually used to terminate the reefing lines were not fixed.

They are in a track that lets them slide back and forth.

Is that a Beneteau thing?

I've usually seen them fixed in place.

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Re: beneteau 285 reefing

It's not just a Bene thing. You can adjust them to get the angle you need to get the sail in proper shape, not all sails have the cringle in the exact same spot, some boats have multiple main sails, if the track is long enough it can be used for multiple reef points with the same line, probably more reasons that I don't know about or can't remember at this time.

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Re: beneteau 285 reefing

The ones on my Cal 33 are that way.
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Re: beneteau 285 reefing

In many newer reefing setups the reefing lines are terminated around the boom with bowlines, no blocks or rings of any type. This allows the trimmed reefing line to to be pulled out as trimmed, stretching the foot.

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Re: beneteau 285 reefing

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So i suspect that the idea is that the loop will just jamb and not slide forward.

That is what it seems to do.

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Re: beneteau 285 reefing

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So i suspect that the idea is that the loop will just jamb and not slide forward.

That is what it seems to do.
Or, there may have been adjustable cheek blocks on the track at one time to lead the reefing line forward to a winch on the boom or a cleat?? Just a guess???

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