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Re: Reefing Sail Ties
If you've got slides on the foot, I think it's best to consider a reefed sail essentially 'loose footed'... the reef clew and tack reinforcement are designed to take the loads, the reef ties are not. Not that the OP is a beginner, but a common error newbies make is to tie the reef and ALL the points in tightly at the dock on their first 'windy' day.. a good recipe to tear out a few grommets.
Short term I'd just let the bunt hang, for a longer leg a loose gathering of the extra sail for tidiness is all that's required. Tying them more tightly is probably ok with a loose footed main as long as you don't tie around the boom. If lazy jacks are in place that should be enough to contain/contol the excess.
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