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single line reefing question
I have a picture showing my problem/question, but I do not yet have enough posts to be allowed to post photos or links. So I am going to try to ask my question using very careful descriptions.
I believe what I have now on my Catalina 22 is a jiffy reefing setup, but I was curious about converting it to a single-line reefing setup that can be controlled entirely from the cockpit. (Please correct my definitions as needed.) Currently, I have a reefing line secured to the aft end of my boom on the port side. The line goes up and through my clew reef cringle, then down to a block on the starboard side of the boom at the aft end. It then turns and runs along the boom to a cleat near the forward end of the boom on the starboard side. By uncleating this line and pulling, I can reef the clew end of my sail, then lower the main a few feet to secure the tack reef cringle to the gooseneck. This is all well and good, but it does require leaving the cockpit to secure the tack reef cringle.
It seems easy enough from articles and diagrams I've seen to convert this entirely to a single-line method. With a longer line, instead of cleating it near the forward end of the boom, have it go to a block on the starboard side of the mast, then up and through the tack reef cringle, then down to the base of the mast, then back to the cockpit. So that if the line is pulled, both the clew and tack ends are snugged down onto the boom. The only problem is that my sail stop prevents the lower-most mailsail slug from dropping down any lower. So even with this system, I would have to go to the mast and remove the sail stop so that I could reef the tack end all the way to the boom. Is the solution to this to simply remove the sail stop once the mailsail is hoisted in case reefing is needed? I would like a way to keep all my parts in place, but it doesn't seem possible with my current setup.