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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:34 am 
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Hello All,

I've never reefed the main before but there sure has been a time or two that I could have used it but wasn't sure just how to do it. Can anyone tell me the proper technique and tools and materials I'll be needing? Also, has anyone done this while on the water... most times, I find myself out sailing and the wind is stronger then my skill level and it would be great to put her in irons and be able to throttle back and stay out there enjoying the day w/o risking my neck. thanks in advance.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:01 am 
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3 things to help us out:
What year is your boat?
Do you have reef points in the sail?
Do you have a comptip?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:09 am 
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thanks for the quick reply

the Hobie 16 is a 1982
there is reef points
and NOPE.. NO comp tip... I assume that matters huh?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:16 am 
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Lower / raise the sail to the reefing point on the halyard. Use two short lines to tie the larger grommets in the sail to the forward / luff end of the boom / gooseneck and aft / leech end around the boom. Tie the outhaul to the aft grommet and outhaul tightly. Use three short lengths of line or even bungee to run through the three grommets mid-sail just to hold this excess sail material to the boom. Do not allow sail tension to ride on these three grommets, they are not well supported and will tear. The loads have to be at luff and leech ends.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:21 am 
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kru518 wrote:
thanks for the quick reply

the Hobie 16 is a 1982
there is reef points
and NOPE.. NO comp tip... I assume that matters huh?


Cool.

Basically, you see 2 stops on your main halyard. Lock the halyard off on the one first one that goes through the masthead. Use a few lengths of line and put them through the reef points and around the boom, folding the sail up neatly and using reef knots. Insert the gooseneck and give some downhaul, attach the main blocks and off you go.

I had my first 16 permanently reefed back in the early 90s.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:22 am 
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What Matt said. Beat me to it.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:32 am 
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thanks Guys... I think I understand.... I'm a bit dense but your explaination mentioned the problem I was imagining. What keeps the sail from tearing from all the wind that is now tugging on it... and just so the old adage still rings true that no good deed goes unpunished.... You wouldn't have a photo of the reef sail...???

Thanks again.... and to push my luck to the max... I'm looking for a replacement beer cooler bracket that rusted off the dolphin striker.... any leads you can suggest as to where I can find one?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:36 am 
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kru518 wrote:
What keeps the sail from tearing from all the wind that is now tugging on it...


The tension carried on the front and aft grommets. These are well reinforced.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:40 am 
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There have been other threads on this...

https://www.hobiecat.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=11908

A photo was included:

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Looks like he actually cut the sail shaller though.

Just secure the fore and aft grommets well and you will be fine.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:20 am 
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mmiller wrote:
Lower / raise the sail to the reefing point on the halyard. Use two short lines to tie the larger grommets in the sail to the forward / luff end of the boom / gooseneck and aft / leech end around the boom. Tie the outhaul to the aft grommet and outhaul tightly. Use three short lengths of line or even bungee to run through the three grommets mid-sail just to hold this excess sail material to the boom. Do not allow sail tension to ride on these three grommets, they are not well supported and will tear. The loads have to be at luff and leech ends.



found it. post was 4 years old.
Might be good to put in the FAQ.
although maybe not so frequently asked.....
thanks Matt.

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