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#4145 - 06/29/09 10:39 AM What size line for reefing system?
WoodCzech Offline
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Registered: 05/28/08
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Loc: Naperville, IL
While ago someone posted a handy little chart on how to set up a main reefing system. I would like to attempt that, however, I am not sure what size line I should use. None came with my boat but the main sail has reefing points. Can anyone offer any suggestions? Thanks!
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#4262 - 07/15/09 09:49 AM Re: What size line for reefing system? [Re: WoodCzech]
meo Offline
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Registered: 01/18/09
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Loc: Montrea, Qc
1/4".

I installed that reefing system on my Piper and it works great.

Hope it helps.

Meo

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#4266 - 07/15/09 04:33 PM Re: What size line for reefing system? [Re: meo]
WoodCzech Offline
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Registered: 05/28/08
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Loc: Naperville, IL
Wow, at least one person here reefs his main \:\) Thank you for your reply. I had already taken a wild guess and bought a 3/16" line for the reefing line (not sure about the correct terminology here) and 1/4" line for the reefing points. Hoping to set it up this weekend. Hopefully the 3/16" line works.
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#4267 - 07/15/09 06:30 PM Re: What size line for reefing system? [Re: WoodCzech]
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Registered: 03/08/08
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Loc: Toronto ON
I used 3/16" line for our jiffy-reefing lines. I used separate lines at leech and luff, rather than one continuous line.
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#4268 - 07/15/09 07:11 PM Re: What size line for reefing system? [Re: kenn]
Windy Island Offline
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Registered: 03/11/08
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Loc: LaPasse, Ontario


This is the jiffy reefing that we use on Windy Island.

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#4269 - 07/15/09 07:24 PM Re: What size line for reefing system? [Re: Windy Island]
Windy Island Offline
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Registered: 03/11/08
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Loc: LaPasse, Ontario
We installed the method described in Figure 2.

Hope this helps.

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#4270 - 07/15/09 09:42 PM Re: What size line for reefing system? [Re: Windy Island]
D'Arcy Offline
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Registered: 03/16/08
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Loc: Toronto, Ontario
We have a similar system although I can't remember what size line we have. It works beautifully though. When reefed we cruise very comfortably, in control and not overpowered.

D'Arcy, Shortwave

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#4271 - 07/16/09 04:26 AM Re: What size line for reefing system? [Re: kenn]
Tailpiper Offline
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 Originally Posted By: kenn

I used 3/16" line for our jiffy-reefing lines. . .




Most modern yacht braids (not purchased at Canadian Tire) have a breaking strength similar to the same diameter in steel wire. A 3/16" reefing line is not likely to break. If you go any smaller, it may be hard to grip by hand. Smaller usually has 2 advantages:
  • It's lighter (for the hardcore sailor/cruiser).
  • It will be cheaper because you pay by the pound. A 3/16" line will be less expensive than the same braid in a 5/16" line.
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