Alright I have to admit the title was inspired by Denise's Long Shaft thread; er, I mean Long Johnson; no, er Johnson Long Shaft; anyway you get the drift.
What's too big (it seems) is the mainsail on our new to us boat. Shame on us, we have had it nearly 2 years and I only noticed today that when I crank up the full mainsail I cannot tighten it enough to get a crease along the luff. I also noticed that the mainsail has 3 reefing cringles (actually 4 as I will explain in a minute), the 3 that are actual reefing points have webbing and rings thru them that connect to the horn at the boom.
This is the horn, that is on both sides of the boom.
On the port side you can see the upper two reefing points.
On the Strbd side is the first reefing point and an extra cringle below it.
It looks like I need to hook that first cringle (without the web and ring) to the horn even when I intend to use the full sail, because as I mentioned I cannot tighten up enough on the halyard properly. I thought I might be able to just make that cringle the tack of the sail, but there is not enough room to bunch up the sail below that point into the attachment joint on the boom ( just below the horn). So I guess I just need to hook that to the horn when I raise the sail.
I also noticed that the 3rd (top) reef point cannot reach the horn. When the sail is down, the sail track is full of the guides and I cannot pull the sail down enough to engage that ring on the horn. There is also no reef line for this level of reefing on the leach of the sail (however, there is a grommet there). So I think this is a storm sail level reef and both the tack and the leach need to be tied down (somehow) to the boom.
I would appreciate (useful) comments whether my interpretation is correct or not. Non useful comments are accepted also just for the fun of it (as is the usual case on this forum).