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This doesn't really help much, since the exit slot is angled and the blocks would not line up fair with the line inside the boom, chafing the line, though probably to a lesser degree. Installing a spar slot exit plate would probably help a lot, since it would be less abrasive than the aluminum spar itself.

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Alternately, one could simply use a double sheave exit block on the boom such as the Harken H089:


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This doesn't really help much, since the exit slot is angled and the blocks would not line up fair with the line inside the boom, chafing the line, though probably to a lesser degree. Installing a spar slot exit plate would probably help a lot, since it would be less abrasive than the aluminum spar itself.
Passing the reefing line through the center of the two sheaves would eliminate chafe at the exit slot from the boom. The aft box-sheave keeps the line fair within the boom. (The line doesn't care whether the block is vertical or horizontal or anything in between.) The forward box-sheave provides a low friction lead to the turning block on the luff. That, coupled with the Goiot cringles you described would pretty much eliminate friction/chafe at the boom end.

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It has to be said that as single-line reefing systems go, the George's system is a compromise on the real thing. The turn block that looks so incongruous on the outside of the boom in picture 2 is almost certainly an after-market solution and hence it doesn't work very well. These add-on systems are touted by Harken others as a solution for vessels that were never set up with single line reefing originally.

On a properly set-up single-line reefing system, the boom will have a set of sheaves in the upper front end of the boom to feed lines up to the tack cringles without any chafe and another set of sheaves in the lower front end of the boom to feed the reefing lines coming from the clew end down to the winch. This system will have a balance block in the boom that creates the interaction between the tack line and the clew line.

The positioning of the sheaves at the very end of the boom also ensures that the tack cringle is pulled as far forward as is practically possible.

It is however true to say that most smaller boats will have a boom section too small for dual sheaves to be installed without weakening the boom or to accommodate the balance blocks (one for each reef).

There are also those amongst us who will say that a single line reefing system results in excessive line length which clutters the cockpit. I wonder how this differs from having two different lines for each reef coming into the cockpit (if this is even possible, most double line systems operate from the mast) each having to have it's own tackle (rope clutch, cleat, whatever).

You will glean from the above that I am a full-on supporter of single line reefing.


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Re: reefing lines

Thanks to Saildog, I'm going to pursue these on my mainsail. Here is the site: Goiot products

here is the PDF for the grommet/block:
Goiot Quick Reef System

I'm not leading lines aft to cockpit just yet, but this should make it faster/easier to get the main tight to boom. Later, I can explore cockpit reefing.

We've ripped the main reefing in 30kt+ winds 2 of the last 3 races on SF Bay. Of course the sail is 13 yrs old, so time to replace. Also, I'm putting in one reef minimum before we leave the slip from now on. Safer to shake out than put in.
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In the lower photo, the forward angle forced on the reefing line by the bull's eye block on the mast immediately below the boom pulls the turning block connected to the cringle strap at the luff forward, causing the line to run over the forward edge of the exit slot on the top of the boom. This arrangement introduces a lot of unnecessary friction to the system and will cause the line to fail at the slot in the boom due to chafe in any extended blow. Eliminating the bull's eye block below the boom will eliminate these problems and create a fairer lead to what I assume is a turning block at the mast base. Single line reefing sustems are great in theory, in practice, not so much.

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Removing the bull's eye will create a new problem...
The reefing line will pull the sail away from the mast casing wrong load pattern on the sail.
So if you remove the bull's eye you must move the reef cringle furter aft in the sail.
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Thanks to Saildog, I'm going to pursue these on my mainsail. Here is the site: Goiot products

here is the PDF for the grommet/block:
Goiot Quick Reef System
Are you contacting them directly to buy them or did you find a source? How much do they cost?

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Re: reefing lines

I'm asking my sailmaker, who is building me a new main next month, to get them. Will advise.
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