Originally Posted by barnakiel
Only if your forward reef line is not rigged to hold the reef tack.
I have two sets of reef lines rigged to the cockpit. Reef 1 and Reef 2, both basically jiffy reefs
but rigged through the boom with clamcleats above the companionway along with the vang, topping lift, etc. Works like a dream.
I would deep six the wire halyards. The meathook problem has been already described and then you get to deal with wire winches and their crazy locks.
If you get a halyard wrap problem with your furler
it can permanently damage your halyards by coiling them around the stays. Nylon or dacron lines are softer and easier to manage.
I know nothing about the way you would run the lines, but I watched a rigger pull nylon line through a foil when I had a snapped stay. He used electric
tape and snaked it through in under 15 minutes. Cant be much worse through the mast if you get someone who knows what they're doing.
My suggestion would be to get a rigger to look at it. While you can save money
doing it yourself, the rigger works so bloody fast and does it right the first time (if they are reputable) that it is invaluable. Sometimes its worth the money
to hire a professional.
Look hard though. The most "popular" and "best" riggers are often good but crooks.. My forestay problem I got quotes ranging from $1400 plus a new furler
to the one I took which was $375 plus a bunch of elbow
grease hauling the guy up and down the mast four times in an afternoon (I had rugburn on my hands despite the gloves). Guy did a great job and even told me a long story about my boat from a decade prior. Key is references
and who he knows - who knows him. I'm sure there are amazing riggers who arent even listed. Those on the racing
circuit will probably be in the know. Racers bust their rigging
all the time.