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I wonder if anyone has some advice on this problem. One of the reefing lines was pulled back inside of the boom; the blocking knot at the end came undone and before I knew it the end of the line was inside the boom.
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If you can't fish it out you will have to take the end cap off he boom. If this is riveted you'll have to drill out the rivets and replace them with bolts.
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I had luck using a electricans fish, on a mast with internal lines. The fish is a thin metal ridged wire on a reel. You can get one at hardware store. Run it through the boom and tape the end of the fish to the reefing line and pull it back.
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Will agree with Radly53. the boat I race on is a 36 pearson with internal lines on the boom. the elec. fish wire worked very well. replaced both 1st and 2nd reef lines.
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I'm sure this is so simplistic it won't work for you as it has worked for me.

Just take the boom off the boat, stand it vertically next to a ladder or building (or whatever) and drop a weighted messenger down the inside of the boom.

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In the past I have used small diameter pvc pipe and fed it in from the aft end of the boom. I tie a pigtail through a hole drilled in the end of the pipe and which I fish out with a hanger. It is very cheap and stiff and flexible enough to work well. The one caviat is that you need a boom end fitting with and access area.

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Tanks for all the suggestions. I have an electrician fish tape so I will try that; I also think I may try the small diameter pvc technique. The line that is inside of the boom is the luff reefing line which I think it is attached to a plate that moves inside.
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