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Old 05-06-2013, 17:52   #1
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weird Catalina 36 reefing rig

Hi all,

I'm helping a friend who just bought a Catalina 36 MK2. We hoisted the mainsail the other day for inspection, and while the sail itself is in good condition, there is something odd going on with his 1st reef. The reefing line correctly goes through the luff cringle, and disappears into the boom. But nothing comes out of the back of the boom and the leech cringle just sits there empty. As a result, putting the 1st reef does bring the luff down, but obviously the leach flogs and bellies as there is nothing pulling the sail down onto the boom. The 2nd reef is rigged correctly and works as expected.

Does anybody have a guess of what happened there, and is there any diagram available online illustrating how to fix it? Do we need to open up the boom to rig correctly? Does it even "open", or is it just an alu extrusion?

Any help appreciated
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Old 05-06-2013, 18:46   #2
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Re: weird Catalina 36 reefing rig

You might be able to find the manuals online at the C36 Association website Catalina 36/375 International Association | "It's always nice when there is a support network for used boat buyers and Catalina 36 has one of the best" (Boat US) or join their Forum and ask there.
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Re: weird Catalina 36 reefing rig

Thanks for the pointer, however they require a membership fee before they allow document access and my buddy is cheap
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Re: weird Catalina 36 reefing rig

Gee, too bad. If he's really cheap, then, of course, he doesn't need any manuals either. Good luck with your friend. It'll only get worse. IIRC, there's an associate membership that gets the on line info without spending the $25 per year (gasp!) which gets you the magazine, which he probably wouldn't read.

Pound wise...

I'd give you a link to another website which has similar booms, but it'd cost him a penny.
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Re: weird Catalina 36 reefing rig

If it is single line reefing, this is what to expect

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