South Coast Sailboats
Reefing rigging on mast and boom
Reefing rigging on mast and boom was added
to make reefing the main sail easy. I just added a couple of pulley
blocks and cleats to the boom, both fore and aft. To accomplish
this, on the starboard side of the boom, I added a pair of stainless
steel eye straps to attach 1/4" line to (both fore and aft).
Opposite of the eye straps, on the port side I attached flush
mounted pulley blocks (both fore and aft), and a small pair of
cleats (both fore and aft), with the cleats placed towards the
center of the boom.
To use this rigging, simply attach 1/4"
line to the eye straps, run the line through the brass reefing
points in the main sail (both fore and aft), then bring the line
down and through the flush mounted pulley block, and then take
it to the cleat and tie off. When you are ready to reef the main,
ease the main sheet about a foot, and then tighten up on the reefing
rigging (both fore and aft) to get the sail size and shape you
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