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Bardo....Any online articles?

if you found any online articles about reefing; please post the links if you can. I'd be very interested.

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keep your reefing line/s separate from the reef sail ties. Usually the 'ties' are sewn into the sail. Their purpose is to keep the loose sail at the bottom after you reef from flogging. They will rip your sail out if you use them for anything else.

The reefing lines run through the large gromets at both the tack and the clew points of the reefed sail. In both cases you usually tie one end of the line through a padeye using a stopper knot, thread it up through the reef point, then down to the other side where it is cleated off. A lot of times for smaller 'jiffy reefed' boats there is a block near the end of the boom that leads it to a cleat midway on the boom. At the mast it is common to have both the padeye and the cleat on the mast so that there are forces forward to keep the tack close to the mast.

Here's a pic from the R20 tech manual that describes what I'm talking about.


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Nightowl,

The articles that I referenced are on Sailnet, and I found them very informative. Although, as I said, I love the varied and highly experienced input that I get from our shipmates on the forum. Search on the articles section to view them.

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Thanks, Bardo. I agree: the information here is invaluable. I'll check out the articles.
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[quote=sailingdog;179343]IMHO, you don't generally need to tie in the reefing points unless you're going to be reefed for an extended period of time. If you're just reefing for a brief summer thunderstorm, I wouldn't bother tieing off all the reef points.quote]

Sorry. I have to disagree. Make those points any time you tuck a reef! Even a short 50 knot blow will flog that bunt and shake the hell out of the rigging! Also, those little summer squalls can dump a hell of a lot of water and fill that pocket amazingly efficiently, resulting in a lot of excessive strain on the rig and can even greatly diminish the stability of the boat!fficeffice" />>>
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