Alright, I have another question, that I almost hate to ask because it makes me feel like such a rookie, but I again request the assistance of those who know more than me.
We have had several issues dropping our main. Whenever we drop the main to store or reef, the battens without cars along the luff seem to catch the wind
and go flailing about, preventing the sail from dropping. Of course this is worse at higher wind
speeds when we want to reef. I've tried a couple of different ways to drop the main:
1) Trying to flake the halyard on deck
and letting it run clean through the stopper. This has worked the best, but the line still gets enough twist that it won't run free and the sail starts to billow.
2) Dropping the halyard a bit at a time while pulling in our 3rd reef to try and keep tension in the sail, but since the 3rd reef line only runs to the leech, it doesn't help along the luff.
Can those of you with more experience provide any advice/suggestions on how to manage the main? Do you have to go to the base of the mast
to pull down the luff every time? I haven't had these issues with any of the other boats I've sailed so I'm a bit at a loss.