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Check with a sail maker. Advice is usually free.

That said, on the handful of occasions I have had my third reef in I was very very glad to have it. Here on Chesapeake Bay I have the third reef line pulled out of the sail (just more weight I don't expect to get advantage from) but offshore it is reassuring to see that yellow line running through the third cringle.
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Each reef line should go from the sheave at the end of the boom, up through the reef cringle, and terminate on or around the boom at a spot slightly aft of the reefed cringle position. This will give the reef line a (admitteldy high friction) doubling and act as an outhaul as well.

The cam cleats built into the gooseneck will probably only "latch" with a significnt load on the reef line. It is possible the line's too large, but if you get the reef rigged in you may find that it cleats OK when loaded up. On a B51 I'd expect to see a winch to assist grinding the clew down and out when you're reefing.
I see how that may help. But I don't remember seeing a place to terminate the reef line on the boom on bene505's boat.

The cleats may work under load that was a possibility we discussed.
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I see how that may help. But I don't remember seeing a place to terminate the reef line on the boom on bene505's boat.

The cleats may work under load that was a possibility we discussed.
Padeyes can be added, but I thought I read elsewhere that he had some eyes on tracks on the underside of the boom. The eyes should be fixed in a location a few inches aft of the final position of the reefed clew.
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davidpm -- the cam cleats built into the boom held well, once there was some tension on them.
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