SailNet Community banner

1 - 12 of 12 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
179 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi

Just curious what procedure people use to reef their main (assuming slab, jiffy or single line reefing) when heading downwind.

do you heave-to, motor, come to a reach under the trimmed headsail and release the mainsheet? i find with strong track/Battcar systems and single line reefing one can easily just ease off the halyard and tension the reefing line simultaneously and it works great, but i'm not sure how safe it is and in some ways i prefer the other methods.

interested in your experiences.
 

·
Senior Member
Joined
·
19,488 Posts
Without the BattCar system there's simply too much friction to have much luck reefing the main without heading up to at least a beam reach. Today's prevalence of swept spreaders adds to the difficulty.

We typically round up to a close reach and put in a tuck before bearing off again.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,491 Posts
Same here. If the sea is flat (i.e. you are close into shore with the wind coming off the land), you may be able to reef with the main centered, but it's really not worth it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
652 Posts
Paloma has slab reefing, so we turn into the wind and the headsail drops nicely into place and stays put while we put the grommet into the kringle and tie it to the boom.
 

·
Telstar 28
Joined
·
993 Posts
Paloma has slab reefing, so we turn into the wind and the headsail drops nicely into place and stays put while we put the grommet into the kringle and tie it to the boom.
you have a slab-reefing headsail with a boom???? :confused::confused:
 

·
Telstar 28
Joined
·
993 Posts

·
Warm Weather Sailor
Joined
·
1,040 Posts
I just ease the sheet, ease the halyard, take up the reef line, tighten the halyard a bit and keep on sailing. Unless it's really blowing hard I maintain my course and don't head up. Single line reefing, everything led aft.
 
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
Top