Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Fremont, WA
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Of course the main reason is to make the sail smaller.
My sail has a cringle (2 inch metal ring) on the luff and leach.
I have a reefing line running from the boom up and through the leach cringle and back down to a block then to a cleat on the boom.
To reef, I lower that sail and hook the front (luff) cringle onto a hook at the gooseneck, where the boom attaches to the mast, then thighten up the mail halyard.
I then pull on the leach reefing line to tighten up the foot and act as the outhaul.
The smaller "strings" on the sail are tied around the loose foot of the sail to keep it from flapping around.
If a man must be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps better than most. A small sailing craft is not only beautiful, it is seductive and full of strange promise and the hint of trouble.
- E.B. White