Originally Posted by foojin
I have been told of a mainsail reefing setup where the reefing line, instead of going up and through the leech cringle and back down to the boom, only goes up to the cringle where it is attached.
I've not seen this, but for me, with three reefs and rather heavy reefing line, it might clean things up nicely.
If you use or are familiar with this setup can you share how the line is connected to the cringle. I have considered several methods, but all seem to pose possible chafing problems.
As Cheechako says, having the reefing line up to the cringle and down to the boom gives 2 to 1 purchase that I personally would not do without. I take the line down from the leech cringle under the boom then back up around the boom and tie it around itself with a bowline loop so it tightens on the boom when tensioned.
For the separate luff line I use a single
line with a bowline around the cringle passing between the sail luff and the mast
To reef I free the main sheet and kicker
, then free the main halyard
to an indelible mark on the rope
tail. At the same time I pull down on the luff line then re tension the main halyard
. Then I haul in the aforementioned leech line as hard as I can. Then tension the kicker
and mainsheet and sail away.
Then I usually take the slack out of the second reef line so it doesn't blow out behind in a big loop.
All my lines come back to the cabin
top at the cockpit
with jammers. My halyard winch is a converted horizontally mounted small electric anchor windlass
with a foot switch on the cockpit
floor. That whole operation takes me 1 or 2 minutes.
There will be more leech line with the second reef but you are more likely to need the double purchase with it.
My main is 320sq' and I use 8 mm spectra for the lines. I've never had a chafe problem. When reefed I coil the surplus line under the dodger
on the cabin
If your first reef is say 3' ; with a doubled line there will be about 6' to coil.
If the second reef is perhaps 8' up there will be about 16' to coil up.
Like Cheechacko my third reef is not threaded up. I have made 1 and 2 each fairly deep. If I need no. 3 I usually drop the main and use the headsail only and don't tell anyone I might start the motor
I did once try a single
reefing line as you see in those pretty diagrams. It would reef with a bit of effort but it was almost impossible to pull out again.