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Old 13-04-2016, 09:35   #31
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Re: Which mainsail reef do you use most often?

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I wonder if someone could post a photo of their cockpit with all three reefs pulled in? The thought gives me nightmares about pouring tomato sauce in the cockpit and having a spaghetti dinner. ____Grant.
Only if you just let them lay there instead of coiling them up!

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Old 13-04-2016, 10:09   #32
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Re: Which mainsail reef do you use most often?

Big difference between fractional rig and big masthead. Big main needs more reefs than a smaller masthead main.

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Re: Which mainsail reef do you use most often?

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Four Winds, I am not sure what you mean by "runs through a mid point cringle". Reefing lines should run through the tack cringle and the clew cringle, but definitly not through the small grommets that are for tying in the loose sail when reefed. The points between the tack and clew are not designed to take any load, only for neatness. Many people dont tie them in at all. Maybe this is just semantics that I didnt understand. ____Grant.
Grant, ....let's see,.... yeah I screwed that up. Not sure what I was visualizing when I wrote that. Maybe the number 2 line that hangs down about mid sail when the 1 is set, I don't know. Thanks for the chance for another try.

My reefing lines haul down the clew only and cleat on the boom near the mast. The tack is secured with a floppy strap through the crinkle with two rings hooked on the double hook at the gooseneck. So yes, secured by tack and clew.

Only just a year ago I learned not to tie the loose sail to the boom. And I shredded the leach line on my Jenny by not releasing it when furling the sail. I'm a work in progrees, but manage to get where I'm going and have fun doing it.
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Old 13-04-2016, 23:38   #34
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Re: Which mainsail reef do you use most often?

I have a heavy old boat (1974), if I feel I need to reef the main, I usually reef the main as far as I can, which is the second reef.

Reefing my old tub is work, my first reef doesn't do much, but my second reef is substantial.

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Re: Which mainsail reef do you use most often?

I think it depends on your sailing plans and your boats performance.. I usually have #2 and #3 rigged for winter offshore cruising down south , and #1 and #2 for daysailing cruising locally..

With a 135% I reef early as the boat has plenty power, the #1 doesnt do that much so I will go to #2 or #3 reef at about 20kt and 25kt respectively.. and as the genny will only furl about 25% before it ceases to be an aerofoil, a "tiny genny" has been used in the past simply to offset weather helm.

so, a jib is on the cards for this years trip.

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