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Old 28-11-2015, 02:35   #106
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One line reefing of the mainsail simply doesn't work on any thing bigger than a trailer sailer. There are pretty diagrams on the web by the likes of Harken. They do have a proviso that they are for sails up to 100'sq or something like that.

You may be able to pull in a reef with a single line on a bigger sail but you can never pull it out owing to all the friction.

Better to have 2 lines. One pulls the luff down as you release the halyard. Then you re-tension the halyard. Then you pull down the leech with a second line. Takes me a minute all going well.
They can both run back to the cockpit along with the halyard all with their own jammers which is how I do it.


I have single line reefing on my 40 footer (37sqm slab reef main) and it works perfectly fine for ALL 3 reef lines.

I have 3 marks on my main halyard so I know how far to drop it, then I wind in the appropriate reef line from the comfort of the cockpit
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Old 28-11-2015, 07:22   #108
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But is it true solo when you have Polly to talk to?
Well, I guess it depends on Polly...
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I always admired Monk Farnham, a seasoned sea dog and boating editor, who observed that you never really know a person until you sail offshore with him (or her). IN many cases going solo is heaps better than taking on crew or paying passengers you don't know well.
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I have single line reefing on my 40 footer (37sqm slab reef main) and it works perfectly fine for ALL 3 reef lines.

I have 3 marks on my main halyard so I know how far to drop it, then I wind in the appropriate reef line from the comfort of the cockpit
I had this set up for offshore. I don't now since I sail in mostly protected waters in southern NE. Sure we get some blows... but I don't find that I need this level of "preparedness" and can set the reef easily enough... especially since we have pretty reliable forecasts and aside from the out of the no where squall... which will pass quickly... one moderately deep reef works for me.
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I always admired Monk Farnham, a seasoned sea dog and boating editor, who observed that you never really know a person until you sail offshore with him (or her). IN many cases going solo is heaps better than taking on crew or paying passengers you don't know well.
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Bike Helmets? Bike Helmets! I don't need no stinking bike helmet.
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When your rolling around in a vicious seaway, it helps the head when your tossed and turned, bumping into things. In theory, everything is stowed away; in reality there is always a flying missile when the boat almost turns turtle. Saved my bacon when a crew member went flying down the companionway and slammed my head against the galley stove.

Looks goofy as hell, but well offshore, who cares.
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Bike Helmets? Bike Helmets! I don't need no stinking bike helmet.
Well, you never know...

Among the more likely scenarios where you might like to have one, is if you have to go under the boat to clear a fouled prop, while in a seaway...

Or, if headed in the opposite direction... I hope to avoid ever having to go aloft offshore, but if I ever do, I think putting on a helmet might be prudent...

Hell, with many of these drop-down transom swim platforms that have become all the rage today, helmets might become requisite gear even for just taking a refreshing quick dip on a breezy afternoon in a choppy Caribbean anchorage...

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Re: Tell me about Solo Sailing

TE=reed1v;1973637]When your rolling around in a vicious seaway, it helps the head when your tossed and turned, bumping into things. In theory, everything is stowed away; in reality there is always a flying missile when the boat almost turns turtle. Saved my bacon when a crew member went flying down the companionway and slammed my head against the galley stove.

Looks goofy as hell, but well offshore, who cares.[/QUOTE]

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I'm just wondering if this is nothing but a pipe dream.



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I always admired Monk Farnham, a seasoned sea dog and boating editor, who observed that you never really know a person until you sail offshore with him (or her). IN many cases going solo is heaps better than taking on crew or paying passengers you don't know well.
Are you a solo sailor ?
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I have done a fair amount of solo sailing.... back from the Caribbean to NY was one long passage... with 2 kittens!



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Not sure if you can really take a solo credit on that one.. C'mon, you had two kittens..that's a crew! Lol
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Mate.. I know what a boom roller system is.. both old and new..
I'm referring to from the leech down to and along the boom up the mast to the luff cringle then down to a block and back to the cockpit..
Drop the main to the right height.. crank in the line till the luff is tight then lock off the main uphaul and finish cranking the winch till the leech is taut.. saves going to the mast.
If you reef early as wise folk do.. no big deal..
same with raising again later.. release the jammer on the reef line and crank on the uphaul..
Maybe my mine is bigger than yours.

I've tried exactly that and it pulls in OK but it takes a lot of persuasion to de-reef because of the friction.

Sometime try a line for the luff, and a separate line for the leech. Both go back along with the halyard. Takes 1 minute.
And you're right about doing it a little early being a good idea.
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