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07-16-2007 03:51 PM
What 'reefing lines'


What reefing lines are you referring to? If you have slab or single line reefing, where a line runs from the boom through the first reefling grommet in the sail, then along the boom and through the reefing clew, and then down and back to the cockpit, you should use 5/16 line so it's easier on your hands on on the winch.

If all you are asking about are the small lines that you pass through the sail and tie off with reef knots and are used to keep the foot of the sail nice and neat, then any line, shoe laces even, would be fine.

Good luck,
07-16-2007 12:38 PM
i know the feeling

mines a '76, I have socks older than that.

best source of info is,, and a couple of yahoo groups.

I found a complete manual on the web, what a pita to read. Oh well, such is life, eh?
07-16-2007 12:32 PM
rhaley Thanks for clarifying CP. My boat is an 82, and all my associated manuals and notes are at least that "young"

07-16-2007 12:21 PM
cardiacpaul ryan,

post 1982, are 5/16"
07-16-2007 12:21 PM
cardiacpaul 1/4 or 5/16
07-16-2007 12:19 PM
rhaley Factory Catalina 27 reefing lines are 5/16".

07-16-2007 12:13 PM
saurav16 Thanks CP what should I use for Reefing lines?
07-16-2007 12:09 PM
cardiacpaul cunningham & outhaul are 1/4in

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07-16-2007 11:17 AM
saurav16 It is a catalina 27 '79.The reefing lines are not there and the outhaul line is no the appropriate line and its too short.
07-16-2007 11:10 AM
Gary M
What size boat ??

I think you will have to tell us what size boat you have, 1/4" is pretty small for anything bigger than about a 20 footer. That small will be hard on the hands.
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