If/when you're leading things aft, you want to use the lowest friction sheaves & blocks that you can, if that's not already obvious. Otherwise, yes, it can definitely be work to adjust the main from the cockpit.
Though on the initial hoist, the most sensible way to do things is to have one person jump the halyard at the mast, & the other tail it in the cockpit. With the crew in the cockpit grinding the final meter or two up with the winch
Then, being able to reef & unreef from the cockpit saves wear & tear on the on watch crewman. And it also allows them to reef more easily solo, sans worrying about going to the mast each time.
Which is often a concern for inexperienced folks. And this can even lead to them put off reefing, or waking the skipper
for assistance; sometimes until things are on the verge of being out of hand. So...
It's your call as to whether to rig things this way or not.
One other "trick" to make hoisting the main easier is to use a halyard that has it's cover stripped off for a good portion of it's length, on the section where the shackle is. Leaving just enough cover on it so that it has chafe protection when the main is hoisted to it's deepest reef/the trysail is up. This way you have a slippery, slender piece of 12-strand Spectra going over the sheave for at least half of the hoist. So that there's a lot less friction to things.
With this option, you can also paint
the halyard/it's jacket with RP 25, or Maxi
Jacket II, so that it's much more slippery. And this also has the perk of adding chafe resistance to the line/it's jacket. Since such coatings are much the same as those found on naked cores when they're new. AKA the bright, shiny, slippery stuff on them.
Originally Posted by SV DestinyAscen
I've been on a chartered seawind
1160 in Australia
and I think they've had most things sorted out properly from the initial get go. Hoisting the main solo was a little harder without someone at the mast - but definitely doable. I think the worst part of reefing was being afraid of blowing up the reefing block on the boom on a unmarked line/unfamiliar boat.
I'm unclear on how you might damage a block when reefing the main? The only way which comes to mind is if you're using a powered winch
, & locking the line into the winch's self tailing
jaws. Which is a big no no anyway, as lines should be tailed by hand when using them.
Also, prior to damaging a block, wouldn't you damage the sail first?
Or are there other things that else I'm missing? Clarification on this would be helpful please.
PS: Unless the main halyard is black, you can always mark it with a magic marker, & also draw a grided scale onto the deck or mast. This makes it easy to tell when the halyard is at the correct location for each sail setting. Specifically, it's full hoist, & each of it's reefs
And if it is black or dark colored, 5min. with a needle & some dental floss, or sliver thread will let you add a witness mark to it pretty easily.