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Re: Sail slide track won't allow quick reefing

Pretty good description of the issue, and some possible solutions here:

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Re: Sail slide track won't allow quick reefing

Looks like there are ways to allow the slides to bypass the gate so they can stack at the boom. Here is one example:

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Re: Sail slide track won't allow quick reefing

I have a stopper, take it out, drop a couple of slugs, refit. Not the easiest when things are getting interesting, but it does work and means I can get the reefing cringle directly onto the reefing hook.
I carry a spare stopper in case the other one goes plop.

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Re: Sail slide track won't allow quick reefing

Because I have trouble getting the reef cringle on the hook I run a line from the reef cringle to a cleat low on the mast. While it results in the cringle being a few inches higher it completely takes the slides out of the equation. This becomes even more important if you have second or third reef points.

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