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Reefing question - new sailor

Wondered if I could get some help. I'm new to sailing and boating in general, having just purchased a 1983 Islander Bahama 30. It has a Kenyon boom, and I'm unclear about the whole reefing setup. The boom has a cam lock near the front for the reefing line, and it goes thru the boom and out the back, over a block/pulley.

I see the reefing clew on the main, I'm just not sure, does the line tie directly to the clew in the main, or does it go thru the clew and back around the boom?

There are no cleats on the boom underneath the reefing clew, and no signs that any ever existed. In the owners manual it looks like the reefing line comes down to the boom, but I'm not at all sure how? The foot of the mainsail is loose, so it would be possible to go around the boom, but then what?
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Re: Reefing question - new sailor

Yes. The line from the forward end of the boom goes aft, exits the boom, goes through the block, through the reef clew, and then back down to the boom to an eye. It sounds like an incomplete installation. The block/eye should be a few inches aft of the clew forming about a sixty degree angle when under tension.
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Re: Reefing question - new sailor

Since the main is loose footed, you could just tie the end of reefing line around the boom. Won't work as well as having an eye, but will be OK until you get around to putting them on.
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Re: Reefing question - new sailor

Read this tread

Reefing, Spiral Lacing vs single line and how to tell what you've got?
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