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Single line reefing in dinghy daysailer

I'm in the midst of adding some additional rigging to make sailing my 15 foot centerboard easier to sail and easier to single hand. I'm thinking about setting up a simple single line reefing system by adding two small cheek blocks to my boom, such that a reefing line would run from the clew reefing cringle down through the aftmost block, along the boom to the forward block, up and through the tack reefing cringle and back down to a cleat on the side of the boom.

Appropriate or overkill? Currently to reef, I have to tie two lines. One from the clew cringle 225 degrees down to a cleat on the boom, and another through the tack cringle around the gooseneck. A one line system seems like it would be a million times quicker and simpler.
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Re: Single line reefing in dinghy daysailer

I think you will be quite happy with a single line reefing system.
When you take your American 14.6 out on the LI Sound it will be nice to easily put a reef in the main.
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Re: Single line reefing in dinghy daysailer

I'm thinking it would be overkill. Most days, if you think you will need a reef, you will be setting it up b/f you leave the dock. However, it might be a kick to set it up to see if it works. That is why we have boats after all.
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I think you will be quite happy with a single line reefing system.
When you take your American 14.6 out on the LI Sound it will be nice to easily put a reef in the main.
That's what I was thinking. I've reefed just about half of the time's I've been out. Luckily so far I reefed early enough to not get in a bind. How's my setup sound? Correct/ legit? Local shop has two micro cheek blocks that sound like they will do the trick.
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Re: Single line reefing in dinghy daysailer

Your proposed set up sounds fine. Here is Harken's diagram of a single line reefing system:
ttp://www.harken.com/content.aspx?id=3900
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Re: Single line reefing in dinghy daysailer

This will make your single line reef system 'much' better - 'cringle blocks' or rollers that fit 'inside' the clew and tack reef cringles. These are 'set on top' of Rutgerson 25 or 35 mm cringles:
http://www.goiot.com/pdf/p48a.pdf

The absolute best way to 'reef' small centerboarders is to modify the mast and backstay system so that you can bend the (tapered) mast .... takes all the draft (power) out of the sail

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Your proposed set up sounds fine. Here is Harken's diagram of a single line reefing system:
ttp://www.harken.com/content.aspx?id=3900
Perfect. Mine will be almost the same, accept I don't need to do the last turn at the bottom of the mast. I just went and picked up the hardware on my break - 2 Harken micro cheek blocks, 1 horn cleat, and some line. Only about $50ish bucks.

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This will make your single line reef system 'much' better - 'cringle blocks' or rollers that fit 'inside' the clew and tack reef cringles. These are 'set on top' of Rutgerson 25 or 35 mm cringles:
http://www.goiot.com/pdf/p48a.pdf

The absolute best way to 'reef' small centerboarders is to modify the mast and backstay system so that you can bend the (tapered) mast .... takes all the draft (power) out of the sail
Those cringle blocks look very nice. I'll try without them first and see if I need them. As for adjusting backstay pressure, my particular boat is a bit more simple and doesn't have a backstay.

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