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Re:Flattening Reef 8 years 11 months ago #54

  • sadolph
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Very nice, thanks for the schematic Jesse (and Barney!).

I've debated the need to adjust the reef with outhaul tension. Seems to me that when you want the reef, your outhaul should be tight anyhow.

But, the run is where you need it off I guess, and releasing the reef is a pain in the neck really.

IE round the weather mark reefed and outhaul tight. set kite, sailing low, now release outhaul to power up the main (keeping reef on).

Make sense?

Steve
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Re:Flattening Reef 8 years 11 months ago #55

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The idea here is that you need the reef in upwind while raked past 25'2" for greater boom height, but you want to power the main up downwind with the reef still in (taking it out is possible, but putting it back in to go upwind is too difficult. The added benefit of the reef is that it keeps the boom from dragging on a windy reach leg, allowing you to ease more mainsheet with the boat heeled.

It's a nice system, but not completely necessary. In fact the system inventor, Mike Martin, has removed it on his new boom. I'm keeping it myself.
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Re:Flattening Reef 8 years 11 months ago #56

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Also depends on the main, with a Glaser you need it, but the P&B must be shorter on the leech as I don't.

Mike
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