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Re: Lines to Cockpit/Shareing the Load
Originally Posted by SloopJonB
rendering is optimal. Lines
led back to the cockpit get a lot of friction added in. On my 1/4 Tonner everything came aft and both the Gennie and the Main had to be winched for the last 1/3 of the hoist. The halyards exited at the bottom of the mast so you couldn't "jump" them. Secondary winches
in the cockpit of a boat under 30' are a luxury but I'd have two halyard winches
I recently added two line
reefing (one for the tack and one for the clew, for two reefs equals four lines
Even though the clew reefing lines
are separate, you need a winch
to get them tightened, especially when it's blowing (which is when you're reefing of course!). The winch
allows more control over tension, and hence sail shape.
I believe most of the friction is from the line passing through the eye in the sail - a block there would cause less friction.
The sail goes up fast until you hit the reefing points then it has to be winched (pulling four reefing lines causes a lot of friction).
Apart from that it all works beautifully - glad I didn't try to get away with single line reefing.