Before you get to starting to attaching things, & drilling new holes, etc. I'd highly recommend filling, and or sealing the menagerie of those which you already have. And if you happen to have all of the old hardware
stripped off of the boom at the moment, were it me, I'd lay on a light layer of fiberglass
cloth set in epoxy
. Filling it's weave with the same until it was smooth, & then doing some UV protective varnishing.
About organizing all of this hardware
. I'd say to try to look into running just the reefing gear
(blocks, lines, & cleats) down one side of the boom, & put your other systems on the opposing side.
- It'll help you keep things organized when your dog tired. And it'll make it a little easier to direct newbies on your boat, what line to pull or cleat, etc.
Also, if you color code your lines it'll do a LOT in these regards also. Just make sure to keep the ones at the tack, & the clew, the same color for each reef or application.
As to your reefing issue. Is there any reason why you can't mount 1 cheek block per line, staggering their mounting vertically enough so that the lines don't interfere with one another?
You may need to form small shimming pads for one or two of them, so that they all fit, horizontal space wise. Given that your boom's svelte, & likely with a fair bit of curvature. Though there are cheek blocks made with some curve pre-built into the base.
Note: There are plenty of high pressure, high strength, pretty much weather
& UV impervious materials out there to make such shims out of.
I state as much, since in some instances wood doesn't work too well for shims, if they have to be real thin, & the load is high.
Back to cheek blocks, there are some which are designed to be track mounted (by Schaeffer maybe). And were you to mount the track on your boom at a small angle, so that it wasn't 100% horizontal, that should give you enough clearance for your reefing lines to reach a winch
at the forward end of the boom without interfering with one another.
- You can do exactly the same thing for mounting your cleats
Just a tip. Get ALL of the sailboat hardware & rigging
guides which you can get your hands on - BOTH the hard copies, in addition to the E-versions.
For the most part they're free. And unless one's an expert rigger, they always have useful information in them. - Harken
, Ronstan, Lewman, Antal, Schaeffer, etc.
Ditto on the WEST System guides. They'll help you to mount things, so that you don't wind
up with rot
headaches down the road. Not to mention being a wealth of knowledge. Download their book "On Boat Construction" also.
One of the big perks of & reasons why I recommend the guides, is that there are lots of pictures & schematics. Which, for me anyway, are kinda' far more explanatory than words, when it comes to things like the finer points of where & how to mount hardware.
And my apologies on this, if it's something which you already know/have done, or I'm being redundant.