Replacing a reef line that runs inside the boom on an Ericson 32


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I'm looking at replacing an old reef line that runs inside the boom. Using the old line to pull the new one through the boom I'm wondering how to connect both without getting stuck (or separate) inside the boom?

Shawn Brooks

Member II
I just duct-tapped the two lines together end-to-end really well. You could also stitch them together with heavy thread. I didn't encounter anything tricky inside my boom that might snag or bind. I was surprised by the poor condition of the blocks in there though--maybe worth a look.


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I recommend sewing the lines together -- end-to-end -- and also wrapping with tape. You'll have a difficult problem if the lines become separated inside the boom. It's worth the extra time and effort to sew the lines together to make sure that you don't get separation inside the boom.


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The mast end fitting of my Kenyon boom has a too-small hole which the reef line must pass through. It is a major pain to get the end through, even without tape. I whip all ends of all of my running rigging, and I usually include a "messenger loop" on each whipping for the purpose of reeving lines. I use 1/8" nylon cord for messengers, which I connect to the messenger loop with a bowline and no tape. Tape adds bulk and stiffness, which can lead to unnecessary jamming of lines at sheaves and tight passages.

Christian Williams

E381 - Los Angeles
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A bit of revision might help. There are some reports in this thread: