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I own a columbia 8.7 with single line reefing. This version of the single line reefing has blocks in the boom, so technically my single line reefing has two lines. My second reef jams regularly, has anyone ever converted the two line
in-boom blocks to a true single line system. Should I continue running the lines in the boom or should I run the lines outside the boom with new blocks.
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There is no good way to do a true single line reefing system without the Jig- blocks inside the boom. Each line needs its own amount of loading and each line requires a different amount of line pulled in. The jig-blocks in your boom are supposed to accommodate those differences and reduce the amount of line that you have to haul in.

The problem with any single-line reefing system is that frictional losses really makes them way less efficient and less reliable than a double line system systems. You would be way ahead of the game going to a double-line system. Whatever you do you will also be way ahead of the game running the lines inside the boom if you have that option.

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I'd second what Jeff said and add that a true double line system gives you way more control over the tension of the clew and tack reefing cringles than any single-line setup ever will.
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Thanks for the input, I confirms what I'd read around the web. I will probably end up using a reef hook at the tack and use the existing line , running it in the boom for the clew.
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