Originally Posted by Bermuda Forte
Great stuff, and thanks a lot for that perspective. But what's the downside of switching to slab reefing?
I find myself facing a decent swell and 20 kts on the nose a lot (like, every time I go to Block Island), and I feel like in that situation I need a little more sail power than jib
+ jigger to make headway upwind.
At that time, its usually pretty uncomfortable being up on a wet, heeled, bouncing deck
dorking with the /very/ slow to deploy roller reefing system. (Pay out a little halyard
, crank the boom a little, repeat 10000 times.) Additionally, the southwesterly sea breeze that typically brings these conditions is a little hit or miss, so I'm not going to reef before heading out... So slab reefing sounds like a much better system, easier and faster to deploy..
(Much more wind
than this, and I'd definitely go jib and jigger at a less aggressive angle, and take more time to get where I'm going. I also do jib and jigger a lot when single
handing, its such an impossibly easy boat to manage like that.
Regarding trying to make the shape a little better, the previous owner of my boat claimed to "throw lifejackets, whatever we had, in there, to get the shape better." I think this was a tall tale, but I do seem to get better results for a deep reef if I use a very slender "wacky noodle" while spinning it up. But this is the kind of crap I'm trying to get away from. I think making reefing as easy as possible is going to make the boat safer and more fun..