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Re: Catalina 30 Reefing
There's a reef cringle in the sail above the hook... ease the halyard and connect the cringle onto the hook (which ever side works best)... Then find the clew reefing line(s).. they will terminate either a) on the boom somewhere, b) under the boom at the gooseneck if internal, or c) they are run aft to stoppers/clutches/cleats on the cabintop near the companionway. With the vang (if present) and mainsheet eased, pull the reef clew down and out as taut as you can and secure. Then retension the halyard and mainsheet and you're good to go.
Pay attention, too, to your topping lift tension.. it should support the boom during the reef, but not interfere with sail trim while sailing, and be slack enough not to chafe the mainsail leech. If you see the topping lift taut, you're probably trying to sheet against it.. it should be slack at that point.
You can also tie a reef in before you head out, basically the same method.. again resist the temptation to tie in all the reef points - just use the tack hook and clew line as needed. You should have two hooks so that you can add a second reef without removing the first, that way you can go back to just one reef as things ease, and then to full main as conditions warrant.
If you have reef ties or grommets along the reef line, use them if you must to loosely gather the reef fold to stop it flopping about. If it's a short leg I wouldn't bother. DO NOT tightly cinch those around the boom, esp before rehoisting the sail. Those grommets are not meant to be stressed.
To release, ease the sheet and vang, release the clew line, drop the halyard enough to release the hook and rehoist... resheet and vang and off you go again.
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Last edited by Faster; 03-28-2013 at 06:45 PM.