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When a third reef is called for, its better to have a storm trisail rigged on its track and ready to go up.

Most manufacturers rig boats over 30 feet (that do not come with in-mast jambers...I mean furlers....) with an outhaul, two reef clew lines and two tack horns. One or two line reefing is an owner aftermarket customization. I have never seen a single-line reefing system that I really like; too much friction, and way too much line to haul and worse yet can't set up the luff tension separately from the foot/leech tension.

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A better idea than having three reefs is to have the two reefs a bit deeper than you would normally. A Storm Trysail is a good idea, but one that very few people implement. Same goes for a storm staysail on a inner forestay.

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