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Visual Aids - Reefing Lines

I'm looking for pictures or video demonstrating how to run reefing lines. Our boat came without reefing lines, although the sail has 2 reef points in it.

I've searched the net and forums for examples of how to rig it, but no luck so far. Can anyone point me to some help?

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Here's a good springboard to more info:

"Chip Ahoy" - Reefing Setups

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Here's another: Barton Marine - Tech Info - Sail Handling - Single Line Mainsail Reefing Kit Fitting

This is for single line reefing.. ie one line to pull to draw down both clew and tack. This can work but is generally a high friction method and probably best suited as shown for boats under 25 feet or so. Beyond that I think some blocks should be added for friction relief.

More common would be a reef clew line (lead as shown but terminating on it's own at the gooseneck or led back to cockpit if the hardware for that is in place) and a separate tack hook or tack line, which may also be led back if it's not simply a hook at the gooseneck.

Here's a google image search... some graphics here to pick through too:

It would help to know what boat and rig, some run the clew lines through the boom internally, some include clutches inside the gooseneck fitting, some just blocks there. All of this would make a difference in how you'd be best set up.


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There are numerous posts i=on SN about this subject. Try these:
Reefing woes
Reefing, Spiral Lacing vs single line and how to tell what you've got?

I think the picture in post #5 of the second thread is the best I've seen of a modern in-boom reefing setup. several regards...
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Thanks all! These are great.
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