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Re: Reefing set-up for Contessa

The reefing line coming from the aft end of the boom should pass thru the reef clew and then and be secured to the boom, preferably with a running bowline. Additional padeyes/blocks are not needed. Most likely the foot of your sail has a grommet or other opening below the reefing clew to permit the reefing line to be terminated around the boom. See post 15 in thread Reefing, Spiral Lacing vs single line and how to tell what you've got? for hot to secure the reefing line.

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The reefing line coming from the aft end of the boom should pass thru the reef clew and then and be secured to the boom, preferably with a running bowline. Additional padeyes/blocks are not needed. Most likely the foot of your sail has a grommet or other opening below the reefing clew to permit the reefing line to be terminated around the boom. See post 15 in thread Reefing, Spiral Lacing vs single line and how to tell what you've got? for hot to secure the reefing line.
Ok, I see what you're saying. Part of my confusion is that I don't have any openings or grommets in my old main and hadn't seen that before. Although as it happens, I have a new main on order right now. We didn't talk specifically about that so I assume they are copying my old main and not adding anything.

I doubt they've started any work so I could call them on this.

Between adding grommets to the main or padeys to the boom which would be preferable? They seem comparable in terms of overall simplicity.
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Re: Reefing set-up for Contessa

Sorry, I had assumed a loose footed main. That is what most sail makers have made for the last decade and I'm not used to seeing boltropes anymore. If you have boltrope main then I would go for the padeye.

The velcro strap needs to hold the sail tight to the boom. There is a high area of loop to hook contact, and some if it is going through the cringle on the boom. It just takes a couple of minutes to set it up, and that isn't something that I'd want to do while reefing (especially if reefing on demand because of a sudden weather change).

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Faster, any reason I'd go to the sail loft for velcro instead of just any store?
The clew strap is a heavy webbing with velcro added... you're not relying solely on the velcro strip.

Alex is right, though, in that it may not be all that easy to use as they do wrap around more than once.. but it's a nice secure, removable way to hold the clew down. A proper arrangement of padeyes and blocks would be much more convenient.

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Between adding grommets to the main or padeys to the boom which would be preferable? They seem comparable in terms of overall simplicity.
Simple answer: don't add any padeyes or blocks to your boom. If you already have any, figure out how to remove them and do so. In case of an accidental gybe, the flat part of the boom hitting a head may be a bruise, where being hit by the corner of a padeye may be fatal (think pick axe...).

The way I've seen sailmakers make this provision nowadays is to sew a short section of cloth strapping to the foot, as reinforcement, then make a slit in it and sail with a hotknife, which seals the opening. Better yet, just request a loose foot, should be less expensive.

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Re: Reefing set-up for Contessa

Ok so I've got my solution: The sailmaker working on my new main was already adding the slits. So I'll stick to the bowline idea and no new hardware needed. Simplicity is good.

Thanks for the help (I didn't even know to ask about the slits before coming here).
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Re: Reefing set-up for Contessa

Ok one last question.

Bowline, or running bowline around the boom?

Ok and one more I don't want to make a new thread for: My whisker pole can't get around the cringle on my headsail. In the past, I tied a small loop of line through the cringle of the headsail clew and was wondering again if there is a better way I might be missing?

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Ok one last question.

Bowline, or running bowline around the boom?
Either should work but a running bowline might tend to 'choke' on the boom and inhibit 'outhauling'...

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