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Old 12-11-2015, 18:41   #1
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Reefing Strops

Hi All. We currently have 2 reef points on our mainsail and we want to add reef strops to the cringles. Does anyone have a good stitching pattern for the webbing that you are happy with? Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-11-2015, 20:05   #2
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Re: reefing strops

So you are going to come out with the strop on just one side?
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Re: reefing strops

Bar tacks are the best sewing pattern
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Re: reefing strops

I'm not real clear on what it is that you're attempting to do. Could you please re-phrase your question. Otherwise, providing a proper answer isn't possible.
That, & please provide more specifics about your sail, & it's current reef points, to include. Material, current reef point setup style, & your desired reef point setup style.

Also, pictures would help immensely; of your current setup, & of a few which resemble what you want your setup to look like.
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Re: reefing strops

They want to add webbing strops thru the reefing cringles, usually with a stainless ring on each side of the webbing. These rings are hooked on the reeling horns/tackle. It is pretty standard set up.
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It is pretty standard set up.
A small block can be added too. You would use webbing or a strop for this also. Depending on how you have it rigged, a seat belt stitch might be the best thing to use.
Can all of this kind of thing be replaced with Spectra loops and hoops?
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Can all of this kind of thing be replaced with Spectra loops and hoops?
Yep, Exactly. That, or even just a properly done Spectra/Dyneema lashing will do also. Plus, they're a lot easier to make. Unless you really fancy a trip to the sailmaker, to have them sew you some Spectra strops.

Ah, in addition to hanging blocks or rings with these, you can go to some of the new'ish Aluminum Rings. Like the ones by Antal for instance.
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Re: Reefing Strops

I prefer rope loops made from spectra. The best ones are made as a selvagee strops from a few turns of 4 mm spectra with electrical tape binding the parts together and a fisherman's bend tieing the ends together.

Simple, strong and easily replaced.

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Re: Reefing Strops

Guy, we are going to have rings on both sides of the webbing, one to port and one to starboard. It will look not unlike a dog bone as estarzinger describes. The strop or dogbone will of course go through the cringles on the mainsail. Thanks for looking.
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Re: Reefing Strops

You could also get some 4mm - 6mm Spectra, & put a Luggage Tag splice into each end, for attaching the hardware. Then run the middle part of the line, containing the splice tails, back & forth through the cringles & end hardware a few times. In order to make the strop plenty strong, as well as make it short enough.
And once you've done that, then put a good, tight serving around the middle of things. To hold everything in position, as well as giving it a bit of extra chafe protection.
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