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Sorry for the multiple posts. I removed the space to see if that fixed it.

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Reefing lines

Dear Steve,

Thank you so much for posting your PSC rigging guide. On the PSC 37 the lines are led to cheek blocks about 8" aft of the respective reefing cringles. The problem then is that the furled portion of the sail forces the reefing line out against the cheek of the cheek block, increasing the friction exponentially. It was basically useless. Based on your drawings I removed the cheek blocks and moved them aft of the outhaul at its furthest aft position. The lines now lead perfectly!

Also, I discovered that the electrolosys between the stainless cheek block and the aluminum boom had eaten a spot about the size of a dime about half way through the boom! Needless to say when I re-mounted them I isolated them with a layer of plastic between the block and the boom and used LOTS of Lanocote on the rivets. Others may want to inspect for telltale white dust.....

Thanks again, we launch next week and I'll let everyone know how the new lines work out.


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Last year I bought a new mast from LeFiell and they said to coat all stainless steel with Tef-Gel. Tef-Gel viscosity makes it easy to apply.

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The Orion has the first reef coming out of the stbd end sheave and the second reef going to a cheek block. The port end sheave was for topping lift. I changed the topping lift config (which frees up the port boom end sheave) and now run both reefs from the boom end, tying off to boom with bowline on a bight slightly aft of each respective reef clew. This new to me config (just like in the 31 rigging guide) provides a really nice sail shape.

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