Break, curse, fix, repeat
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
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I'll chime in to say I have padeyes and cheek blocks on my boom and my reefing system works great. I got the idea from, hmmm, I forget which book, but it's not my idea. Both my first and second reefing lines at the leach originate at padeyes on the boom, and then go up to blocks attached to the cringle (recommended to eliminate chafe and I can testify to that) and then back down to a cheek block appropriately aft of the cringle in question and then forward to the cleat/winch area on the boom/mast.
I keep the first reef line at the leach permanently rigged and have used it and the second reef in winds up to 30 knots. They really work well at holding the sail down and out. If I were in heavier winds I might add a second line just holding the cringle down as it is hard to for one line to do both as well as is necessary in high winds.
I'm not recommending anything to anyone, but just saying this system is both easy and sturdy on my Gulf 32. As for concerns about having padeyes on the boom, I have to laugh. I agree with the statement that if I am getting hit in the head by the boom hard enough to matter, it won't matter whether it is the boom or the padeye. I'm screwed. Boom not much of a concern on my Gulf because of the boom height and layout.
Bainbridge Island, WA
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