E28 Reefing question

galmvig

Member I
I've had my E28 for less than a year and I'm trying to figure out how to reef it correctly. The instructions I have are attached. Is this the correct method? It does not seem to work well when I try it. Any help would be appreciated.

Geoff E28

Katia Christina
 

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Christian Williams

E381 - Los Angeles
Senior Moderator
Blogs Author
That's one way to do it, provided you have the track and cars on the boom, and the internal reef lines as shown. You can also just tie a loop around the boom, rather than use the cars.

The internal reef lines exit the front of the boom at sheaves in the gooseneck. You may have cam levers there to hold them tight, or they might be led back to the cockpit.

Let us know where the problem lies. Much friction? Do the reef lines jam? Can they be tightened such that the reef outhaul is firm, and the reef clew is pulled hard aft and also down to the boom?
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Loren Beach

O34 - Portland, OR
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Do you tension the front of the sail first? Next, pull tight the new (reefed) clew. You will have to let the main sheet out enough or point the boat up enough - or both - to make this easy to do.
 

frick

Member III
I used the old style slab reefing. I have a reefing line on the outside of the boom and rams horn curling hook at the gooseneck. Always pull the back reefing in and tight before you haul the main harlyard back up (with the reefing hook in the proper reef point.)
 

Christian Williams

E381 - Los Angeles
Senior Moderator
Blogs Author
Since the reef points often raise the boom end a bit, I always tighten the halyard before the reef line.
 

Alan Gomes

Contributing Partner
Always pull the back reefing in and tight before you haul the main harlyard back up (with the reefing hook in the proper reef point.)
I'd change that to *never* pull back the reefing clew line before you tension the luff with the halyard. It's a good way to tear the slugs out of the sail.

Pineapple Sails has a very good and helpful article on slab reefing, and they make this point rather strongly. That is one of the reasons they are not huge fans of single-line reefing: because you cannot necessarily tension the luff thoroughly before tensioning the clew.
 
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