I'm adding a third reef and wondering if anyone has a reefing car/slide for the t-track on the boom of an E38-200 (probably same size track as other models) they're no longer using. Thanks, Tyler.
Christian,If you have a loose-footed mainsail, many of us have dispensed with the track and car and just make a loop/bowline around the boom.
Also note that on my boat, the third reef puts the reef line well past the reach of the boom track.
The video linked in that old thread is marked as "Private" and can't be viewed, unfortunately.If you search this site with terms like 'reefing lines' you will find quite a few helpful threads.
Here is just one of many: https://ericsonyachts.org/ie/threads/reefing-line-leads-video.11276/
This is a classic situation where there are several "right" ways to do it. The factory way is just one of them.
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Release the Vang and Mainsheet to the let the aft end of the boom sky when pulling in the reef line. This will get the clew end very close to the boom.My 2nd reef set up using bowline loop around the boom does not flatten the main sufficiently (see picture). I have been considering routing the reefing line through a turning block on the car/track so when I am at the mast puffing and huffing, the reefing line exerts downward force instead of pulling the sail aft.
Routing the reefing system to the cockpit will provide some mechanical advantage but does not address the acute angle of the reefing line from the reefing grommet to the end of the boom. What am I missing?