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post #1 of Old 11-26-2006 Thread Starter
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Shorter Single Line Reef Line

Question, to which I may already know the possible answer....

Why run the bitter end of the single line reef line through a gromet or block on the leech of the sail and then back down to the boom? Why not simply end at the leech gromet attachment point? I gather doing so may cause the clew/leech portion of the sail to drop/pull in faster than the luff portion. But then gain as the reef line is pulled in wouldn't it draw tighter on the luff gromet/block first, taking what slack it could from the through line going to the clew/leech portion? Overall I don't see any real benifit of doing so, other than shortening the line by a percentage and having a better bight on the clew/leech portion. Just a urious question as I am redisigning my running rigging and this made me go Hmmmm.

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