I was talking to one of the guys in the marina the other day about the setup at my mast/boom base. It's high on my list of things to tackle next, as I'm keen to get back out on the water
. In my case everything is done at the mast
, reefing/halyards/... I only have a winch
on each side of the mast
, none on the boom, so I was telling the guy I'd have to get some rope clutches
on the boom for the reefing lines. He laughed and asked why, saying he just pulls the reefing lines taut and cleats
them off on the boom.
So... Is it just me or does that sound overly simple and way too little tension for a reef...? The winches on the mast are in line with the boom, so I can use them to tension the reefing lines, but as mentioned, I'd need rope clutches
to hold the reefing lines and the halyards so I can free up the winches for the different purposes.