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Old 07-06-2010, 21:48   #1
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Is there Something Wrong with My New Reef Points ?

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I recently got my Pearson 26's mainsail back from Sailcare. I had them clean it and add a set of reef points. (I am very pissed at them about several whopping charges they tacked on to the bill, but I will leave those complaints for another post.)

When I got the sail up and looked at the new reef points, I noticed they did not install a cringle at the luff of the sail. It was my understanding that there should be a cringle to hook onto the reef hook at the tack end of the boom.

Is there something I am missing here? Do they expect me to tie down the bolt ropes instead of using a cringle at the tack? Or did they forget to add a cringle here? They did add a reinforced cringle at the leech, but nothing at the luff (to be the new tack when reefed).

Can anyone clear this up for me so I don't make a fool of myself when I call to complain? Thanks.
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Old 07-06-2010, 21:53   #2
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If what you asked for was "a set of reef points" that would normally imply the inclusion of a reefing tack cringle on the luff.

I think that there is such a thing as a diagonal reef that only raises the boom at the clew, but its unusual.
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Is there a ring sewn onto webbing in the area? What I've usually seen is the webbing going through a cringle to another ring though.

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You should have a cringle on the luff, or a ring sewn into the sail.

Depending on what is on your boom for securing the reef, you may need a ring each side with webbing going throught the cringle. Like this
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Unfortunately now I have to go back and take another look at it. There might have been a ring, but only on one side. I don't think there was anything, but I better be sure before I call up and yell at them. I will let you guys know, thanks.
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... Can anyone clear this up for me so I don't make a fool of myself when I call to complain? Thanks.
You could call to ASK, rather than to complain.
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Good point, GordMay, but I would rather figure out if there is something wrong first. If there isn't anything wrong I won't call at all. If there is, I am afraid the nature of my call would be a polite complaint. I need to take another good look at the sail and figure out what it looks like and what it should look like and if they are the same thing.

Thanks for the responses and for the pic. That is very helpful.
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They did indeed forget the cringle. I am sending it back to them tomorrow to have it fixed. Very frustrating, I have to say. They are careful enough to add on and charge me for every little thing they can think of to justify doing, but they fail to complete the only job I really needed done in the first place. That's pretty basic quality control. I would not use them again.
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