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thanks for that Blue water Bruce,makes a lot of sense.
I still think you get the both sails down and secured from within the cockpit,Get motor going and just fend off at about 10 degree off weather.
After the big blow hit, I got out of the cockpit to douse the fore sail thats then things got really crappy. with no one on the helm I was completely outa control, she ended up breach to the waves I boy did I get`a ride !

because of the sudden huge gust and heal I did what anybody would do,
ran back to the cockpit to uncleat the mainsheet, in shear terror !


Like you said BwB Down hauls are a savior when single handed..
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Newcomer question. My halyards are loops on the main and the jib. I automatically fed one end on the jib halyard thru the large hole in the bow fitting below where the forestay attaches before attaching it to the sail. Once the hanks are on and the sheets attached, the sail can be lowered or raised from the front cockpit rail. Is this not the correct way to run the Halyard?
On a small boat with a sliding boom where the sail supports the boom and a downhaul on the boom is used to tension the luff of the sail, how do you reef or drop the mainsail while on the water? Should the boom have a halyard of it's own?
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If your downhaul cleat is in the groove then set it so the boom only drops a few inches when the the halyard is released.
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The downhaul cleat is below the loading slot in the groove on the mast at a point where the groove has stopped. The mast sits above the loading/insertion slot. I could make a jam block for the groove to put in after the gooseneck is in place.
I guess I am the only guy that figured the jib halyard was supposed to be run thru the large bow fair lead and back to the cleat. I rigged it by logic and guesses combined with the pictures online. I ran it that way so that the sheets can be centered and the sail dropped down on top of the bow.
There are no reefing points on this old canvas main. Can a tent clamp be used with a line around the boom to allow reefing when needed? Does there need to be reinforced areas for the clamp to make sure no damage is done to the sail?
Not trying to hijack the thread but my boat is old enough and different enough that a lot of the ideas presented here don't transfer without some adjustments. Have a beautiful day!
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