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Re: jiffy reefing mainsail crealock 34
I'd be interested in how people set up their reef lines too. I had a setup with single-line reefing for both first and second reef, but friction in the system made it difficult to get get the right tension on the sail and to raise the sail. Last year, I used the same line to change to a double-line reef system that works quite well. Main drawback is that I can lead only the first-reef lines to the cockpit without adding additional hardware.
The way it is set up right now (double-line reef), the line forms a sliding loop around the boom, goes through the first reef cringle, and then to the sheave at the aft end of the boom. From there, it exists the fore end of the boom to a block at the base of the mast, and then to the cockpit. From the cockpit the line goes back to another block at the base of the mast, through the first reef tack, and then to an attachment point on the mast.
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1995 Pacific Seacraft 34