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Re: Reefing diagram for 1983 C&C 29 mk2
Typical internal reefing system. The clew lines are tied around the boom, up though the clew cringle, back down to the end of the boom. Line exits at base of boom at goose neck, Usually you'll have clutches where the lines exit boom if the reefing is to be done at the boom. Sounds like yours are led aft so you can pull the clew reef in from the cockpit. The tack also looks like it uses line instead of a hook at the goose neck. Would be nice if the tack lines are led aft along with the main halyard so you could reef from the cockpit. If that's the case might want to remove the clutch cams at the goose neck so they don't accidentally self deploy with boat motion. Their is a possibliity that you have single line reefing, not clear from the pictures. In that case you'll have a single line led aft that connects both clew and tacks via the same line.
Personally don't like single line reefing. Too much friction and line to pull on the few that I have used. Took longer, required more physical force and trips to the mast because of the length of the routing of the reefing line. Prefer double line with separate clew and tack reefing lines which is what we did with our boat and love it. Drop the main halyard to a marked point, pull in the tack line and cleat, retension the main halyard and pull in the clew reef.
The illustration above should have the clew bowline around the boom only, not around the boom and tack line as it goes forward. The tension on the bowline loop will add unnecessary friction to the clew reefing line.