Good idea SC, have been thinking along similar lines, maybe put the constrictor clutch
within easy reach from the deck
, not sure if I am ready to trust one as a halyard
lock. My brother broke one on a racing yacht a while back, after two years of hard use, so maybe UV is a bit of an issue? I have also heard about the odd slight slippage while engaging remotely, easily cured by milking the cover on by hand. Probably not an issue on our less highly loaded cruising setups.
I have only used single
line reefing once and it was a complete nightmare. It took about four of us to put in a reef, it wasn't the best setup, but it completly put me off the concept
, just too slow, and too much friction.
One thing that I have been pondering, In my experience two line reefing can work ok, at least for putting in a reef, with separate luff and leech lines, but most people put a two to one purchase
on the luff and leech, running through the cringle and back to the boom.
It certainly seems than a 1:1 for the luff line would be fine. Just led through a fairlead at the gooseneck and up to the luff reef cringle and tied off there. We used a 1:1 cunninham to pull down and secure the luff on a 68 foot ex british steel
challenge yacht I sailed on across the Tasman with no issues.
Doing this would significantly reduce the friction and tangle issues when shaking out a reef and the amount of line needed, as its the luff lines that cause the most problems. The leech reef pendants usually shake themselves out ok, or sometimes can be overhauled from the cockpit by reaching up to the boom and pulling some slack into them.
There is no real reason why the leech reef pendants cant be 1:1 as well.