Again, on her transatlantic, Jennifer struggled with the reefing system, having to go to the mast
to manage both the luff and leach lines. After some consultation, she arrived at the following solution, where blocks at the base of the mast
are used to turn the reef lines back to the helm station ... we now have blocks on the three luff reef points, as well as the factory-installed blocks on the leach line reef points, and all the lines come back to the cockpit
and to two three-line clutch cleats
Once reefed safely, as conditions permit
, we do go forward to the mast and engage the factory-installed jam cleat at the mast-end of the boom, and also secure the luff reef point using a sail tie. We then ease the tension on the helm station clutch
cleat and thus avoid any chafing that might otherwise occur if the reef lines were permitted to remain on the mast-based turn blocks for an extended period.
If you do this, don't forget to fill the foam core interior
of the salon
roof with epoxy
before installing the clutch cleats
. By careful positioning, you can line this up so that the clutch cleat lies just inboard of the existing single
clutch used for the main halyard
. See the interior picture, situated just forward of the stove.