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Old 08-04-2020, 03:09   #1
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Info on Leopard 46 reefing at helm.

Good day all.
I'm looking for information on weather or not anyone has seen info on making a leopard 46 reef (1st, or 2nd/3rd) at the helm instead at the mast base.
Thanks. Google has not been helpful.
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Old 08-06-2020, 08:27   #2
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Re: Info on Leopard 46 reefing at helm.

I posted pics on the Leopards group at group.io. You can see them here.
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Old 09-06-2020, 08:15   #3
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Re: Info on Leopard 46 reefing at helm.

Thanks GGT, our reefing lines are are probably run like serpa4's and we're also trying to figure out how to rerun them.

Our current setup has the reef lines tied off on the leach side, running down and thru the boom and to helm. Needing one of us to climb on deck to tie down luff end.

GGT any insights on how to rerun these? We've got a collection of blocks in one of the bildges that I'm betting were part of the original reefing system.
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Thanks GGT, our reefing lines are are probably run like serpa4's and we're also trying to figure out how to rerun them.

Our current setup has the reef lines tied off on the leach side, running down and thru the boom and to helm. Needing one of us to climb on deck to tie down luff end.

GGT any insights on how to rerun these? We've got a collection of blocks in one of the bildges that I'm betting were part of the original reefing system.
I don't have single line reefing. I do need to go forward to hook the luff as well. The pics I posted show how they are run, but do require you to go forward to hook the luff.

My thoughts are that this setup has less chafe for longer reef periods.
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Old 13-06-2020, 06:57   #5
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Re: Info on Leopard 46 reefing at helm.

GGT,

I'm sure you're right about the chafing and I'm betting it's due to the way Leopard rigs the luff side of the reefing line without any kind of pulley. For us, we want to get out of the business of climbing topdeck in poor conditions... 6' chop comes to mind.

I've been msging back and forth w/ a buddy in Ft. Lauderdale and was able to mock (badly, I'm no artist). How his matching Leopard '40 is run for single line reefing... hope this helps.

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Re: Info on Leopard 46 reefing at helm.

Be careful what you wish for. Going forward is really not that big a deal. You have less chafe, and just as importantly, less resistance from all the blocks. Plenty of the systems that lead to the cockpit still need someone forward to keep things sorted. Plus there is a lot of spaghetti in the cockpit with all the extra lines. Designers often DO know what they are doing. Actually, most of the time or even almost all the time!
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Re: Info on Leopard 46 reefing at helm.

Haha... Robertson and Caine designed them to have single line reefing. Headaches like you described is why some folks go to double line. It seems pretty split, folks who'd rather not deal w/ the headaches are more than happy and likewise for those w/ SLRing. The good thing is the whole sail kit was on the hard all winter so we'll see and if we get fed up w/ the headaches you list, we'll just revert back. Thanks for making that point though... there's always a price to be paid!!
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