Originally Posted by E.L.Green
Thanks Don. Since I sail singlehanded 99% of the time I intend on reefing at the dock or while at anchor and not undersail. This is what my sailmaker was talking about but it seems most people would rather bash questions with sarcasm then actually be helpful.
For some strange reason, many folks seem to think that if you dont do it with "new and approved" its not worth a darn or it cant be done..
For years we sailed and raced boats like the bird boats of San Francisco
Bay, or Folk Boats, or even the Choylee 31 Offshore
like the one my son just picked up.. all have wooden masts and booms, no fancy Slab reefing, and just a hand full of ties to lash the sail down.. Reefing down the sail was a pain but we did it, on the water
, in race
conditions, and often when rounding the mark..
The down side I see amoung those that require all the fancy stuff to go sailing or reefing a sail for that mater, they dont have the basic skills to do what it takes when the gear
they have dosent work..
Heaven forbid anyone leaving port anymore without a dozzen or so GPS's on board..