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Title: Reef line size?
Post by: suereal on November 30, 2021, 10:51:48 AM
Iím sure this has been discussed but Iíve not found the answer so any help would be appreciated. My boat, Seaclusion, hull number 364, standard mast, has the original jiffy reef slab setup. The owners manual says the reef lines should be 3/8ths line. That seems heavier than necessary. I was wondering what the general consensus is. Thanks for your input.
Title: Re: Reef line size?
Post by: glennd3 on November 30, 2021, 12:39:29 PM
Dave I would use what the manual says to use. If I am reefing it is usually because the wind is high and would not want a lighter line that may break or not be the proper size for the hardware. For example a thinner line may slip on the cleat. JMO. Anyway hello Dave and welcome to the club.
Title: Re: Reef line size?
Post by: waughoo on November 30, 2021, 01:18:43 PM
It also seems to me that with modern line technology would allow for a lighter line diameter.  Having less line weight hanging from the sail in light air seems like a good idea generally.
Title: Re: Reef line size?
Post by: Noah on November 30, 2021, 01:35:11 PM
You might also want to take into consideration the ďhand/feelĒ of using a smaller diameter line. 3/8 works fine for me on my full batten sail..
Title: Re: Reef line size?
Post by: Ron Hill on November 30, 2021, 02:32:25 PM
I did the same as Noah and went with 3/8" for both reefs on a full baton Main!

A thought
Title: Re: Reef line size?
Post by: suereal on November 30, 2021, 04:03:39 PM
Thanks for the advice. It really helps.