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Once known as Hartley18
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But now we have slab reefing, two points thank you, and no hardware to go with it. Seems single line is the way to go for a boat our size but I would like everyone's thoughts.
Single-line or two-line is kinda personal preference, depending a lot on the sort of sailing you want to do - although single-line is more complex to set up, so, seeing as how you're a recent convert an' all, I'd think you'd do better starting with 2-line and change if you don't like it. :)

Also, is there anyway to rig something to be able to use the reefing points until we do something more permanent? Can the clew and tack be tied down somehow? I have two open cleats just below my gooseneck on the mast. Seems I could run 5/16'' line from the cleat up through a ring, down to another cleat in a pinch. But what could be done at the outhaul end? Anything? Or am I stuck with piles more blocks on the boom? Seems there would be a simple fix from the old days so to speak before lazy jacks.
I'd suggest tying down the tack just as you've described, but for the outhaul end.. yes, you're going to need to mount a (one) turning block somehow to lead it back to the mast. In the old days they used to mount the blocks externally, but can your boom handle another block in the end (alongside the outhaul)?
 

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Common guys darn it! Thats two more blocks I gotta figure out how to sneak onto this tiny thing. Hmmm, could I use a double block just aft of the first reef point and run both through that forward? One thing into the boom instead of two after all. Then I guess a cleat (or two) is in order up the boom to secure it.
That'll do it. :)

Depending on the sailing you do, you might be able to get away with a single cheek block for the aft reef point - reason being that it's kinda rare to be reefed down to the first point and then have to move to #2. Most people would drop the main at that point and start the motor.. just sayin'...

My boom has nothing internal, it is all on the outside that is why space will become a premium as things are added.

Why does my mind have an image of a velcro strap being used as an outhaul/reef point on race boats instead of a typical outhaul setup. Does anyone else remember seeing that? It was a video as I recall. Likely not applicable here at all of course.
Most race boats have the turning blocks in the end of the boom. The velcro strap(s) you saw was likely to be wrapped around the boom and acting as a fairlead to keep any external lines from dropping below the boom and snagging something (or someone).
 
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