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Old 11-09-2008, 13:25   #16
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Aloha Chris,
Lots of opinions here. I refer to the grommets (or cringles) at the reef line as reef points and the lines that go through them as tie downs. I see other definitions above too say I might be incorrect. Never heard of nettles. The proper knot is the slippery reef. A reef knot is a square not.
I definitely use them. I don't want a bunch of baggy leftover sail catching the wind and flapping about. Sometimes it is hard to reach the after tie downs so you have to head up to center the boom a bit and need to pick your wave and wind to do it.

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Old 11-09-2008, 16:19   #17

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HyLyte's velcro soulition is the best if you don't want to tie knots. Any type of fitting or catch you put on those lines could wear the sail, not a good thing.

I'd just use slipped square knots (seems like each of us has a different name for them) and since they're the same knots I use in sail ties, my hands pretty much can tie them without me being around.

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