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Old 10-07-2016, 19:28   #1
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Single point reefing

Just bought a "new to us" boat, IP 40. Reefing lines were not attached at the mast. Discovered twisted lines in the boom, called a riiggr, and his solution was to install a new boom, 2k plus.. I was able to set it all up as described in the original owners manual, but want to be sure it's going to work long term. The rigger stated that the cars in the boom are going to hang up because of the design, they are not attached to tracks in the boom, and therefore are subject to line twisting. Do I just deal with the twisting the lines over and over, or just buy a new boom? Of course there are many other other issues to work out with this 1996 IP 40,, maybe more important than the time required to untwist the lines now and then. Ideas and suggestions appreciated.
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Re: Single point reefing

Too often OEM booms with in boom lines have swiveling blocks. Buy non swiveling blocks and ti will work just fine. Riggers advice? Dumb and costly and unnecessary.
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Just bought a "new to us" boat, IP 40. Reefing lines were not attached at the mast. Discovered twisted lines in the boom, called a riiggr, and his solution was to install a new boom, 2k plus.. I was able to set it all up as described in the original owners manual, but want to be sure it's going to work long term. The rigger stated that the cars in the boom are going to hang up because of the design, they are not attached to tracks in the boom, and therefore are subject to line twisting. Do I just deal with the twisting the lines over and over, or just buy a new boom? Of course there are many other other issues to work out with this 1996 IP 40,, maybe more important than the time required to untwist the lines now and then. Ideas and suggestions appreciated.

I am a fan of external cheek blocks and line guides for reefing.

A KISS thing for a very important bit of kit.
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Re: Single point reefing

I'm not following how your reefing is rigged??? Is it internal lines the boom. If the lines are wrapped around each other there will be friction and the possibility of wraps, and jamming. Would be a good idea to straighten them out which will require pulling the boom so you can rotate it and probably removing the ends.

Not a fan of single reefing if that what it is. Too much line to pull and sharp angles with friction that will make reefing tedious and slow. Two line reefing is much more efficient if you are running the lines to the cockpit. Single line at the mast is a non starter as you just have to drop the sail and hook the tack ring on the hook and then deal with the clew.
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Tell your rigger to take a hike, no wonder yachts are expensive. You don't need a new boom, just re-rig it.
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Re: Single point reefing

Thanks all for the information. The reefing lines are internal. Turns out I was able to fix it myself simply by untwisting the lined at the back of the boom. The blocks inside the boom are solid, not swiveling. Im sure at some point I may need to repeat the process.

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