S/V Lilo, Islander 32
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Lafayette, Oregon
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I have the same setup on my boat, 1964 Islander 32. I just bought the boat last fall, so have not had much time to work with the reefing yet (Plenty of other projects, and I live 3 hours from the boat!)
The main issue I have noticed is I can not roll the sail due to the sail slides hitting the goose neck, there is no way to get the slides of the track easily as you are rolling the boom. I have two mains, one has the bottom two slides on a rope rather then attached directly to the sail. Its hard to explain, but my assumption is I loosen the rope to allow the sail to roll while the slides stay put. In practice though the rope just gets all tangled with everything and I can only reef about a foot or two.
I think my plan in the future will be to add reef points to the luff and leach so I can tension the sail that way, and possibly just use the roller to hold the loose sail at the bottom (No vang at the moment, do want to add a break at some point, that may change my plans some, thanks for mentioning that SD). However, I still need to figure out away to get the slides off the track without letting them fall out whenever I drop the sail.
I am due for a new main soon,so I will need to figure out my solution before I invest in that.
Im sure I will figure something out this summer, and possibly even post my solution here if I remember.
1964 Islander 32
Saint Helens, OR