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Date Posted: - Thursday - 02/ 8/07 - 4:52pm
Author: Randall, Murre, M31
Subject: Jiffy
In reply to: John & Jan 's message, "Reefing" on - Thursday - 02/ 8/07 - 3:27pm

The main has two sets of reef points and the mizzen one on Murre.

I have set up a jiffy system for each sail, but only for the lower reef cringles on the main. I've never (as yet) had call to double reef the main (hail mary full of grace!).

If/when I do jiffy the upper reef points on the main, I would install a second jiffy line for that upper cringle at the clew.

For the jiffy rope on the main, for example, I run it forward along the boom to about a foot from the goose neck where it passes through a cam cleat with a built in "eye strap". The eye strap on the cam cleat is a nice accident: 1) with a knot in the end of the jiffy line, the eye strap keeps the line in place when loose and 2) it keeps the taut line safely in the cleat with little chance of snagging on something else and popping out. That said, theres a proper cleat close by on the boom and I usually ALSO lock the jiffy line into that.

The tack locks in place via an old bronze snap shackle at the end of a short piece of wire rope. This system is less than satisfactory as operating a snap shackle while trying to manhandle an upset piece of sail in boisterous conditions never goes quite right. And even w/regular WD40, its cooperation, Ive found, is not guaranteed. Id like to install a set of permanent hooks for the tack cringle, but have never taken the time to figure it out.


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[> mainsail reefing -- Kathy Campbell SHADOW M32-#3, - Wednesday - 02/14/07 - 1:10am

Hi John an Jan,
I found an article on reefing the main that you would enjoy reading. It's in the CLASSIC MARINE web site: www.classicmarine.co.uk
click on References Data & Articles
click on Shortening Sail
I have my name on the mooring list for A4. Is that where Santa Teresa is?
Good reefing,
Kathy Campbell

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[> [> Classic Marine! -- Randall, - Wednesday - 02/14/07 - 12:32pm

Very useful website. Glad to know other Mariners visit. I finally, last year, printed out all Mr. McPhails articles and keep them by the bed. Besides being practically minded, hes got a wicked sense of humor. And though his focus is on gaffers, I find lots there that appliesand that what doesnt makes me laugh.

Along the same line, you might consider subscribing to his periodic (but free) electronic newsletter called BOWLOCKS. The name is curious, and I noodled over it for some time before my English girlfriend explained that where she comes from there's no such thing as OAR LOCKS. ...wink...


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