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Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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Any chance you have a picture of your velcro setup? Do you use one long piece of velcro or is the velcro attached to a length of line?
At one point I had 1/4" lines sewed to velcro tails but the velcro didn't like constant exposure to the sun. Now I just have a handfull of black "One Wraps" (i.e. double sided velcro) that live in a little bag in a cubby in our cockpit combing. I take a couple forward with me when I set the reefs. It can be a bit of a pain in the neck to poke them thru the sail but they're only 1/2" wide so it goes pretty quickly and one only needs two or three so it's not that difficult. Moreover, we always reef as soon as we start to think about it so, usually, the conditions aren't particularly demanding. Also, I use black so that the ties are very obvious when it's time to shake out the reef.
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