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Re: Single Line Reefing per Mike Inmon

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:06 pm
by irayone
I have been studing the reefing set up...On my Old Catalina we just lowered the sail and tied off at the reefing clues with 1/8 inch cord around the boom.
Took seconds to do...no mess with all the ropes back to the cockpit. Can I reef like this on the Mac? or is all the stuff I have seen in the viedos necessary?

Re: Single Line Reefing per Mike Inmon

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 4:06 pm
by c130king
irayone wrote:I have been studing the reefing set up...On my Old Catalina we just lowered the sail and tied off at the reefing clues with 1/8 inch cord around the boom.
Took seconds to do...no mess with all the ropes back to the cockpit. Can I reef like this on the Mac? or is all the stuff I have seen in the viedos necessary?
Sure you can. But it is awful nice when single-handing in 12-15kts of wind and then it starts gusting towards 20 and you are constantly fighting for control and rounding up to be able to heave to and reef that main down without climing up on the cabin top or otherwise leave the cockpit. It works like a charm. Some, including me, have had difficulties getting the clew down tight resulting in a not so nice sail shape, but single-line reefing works...and it is a fairly cheap mod.

I personally like having everything led to the cockpit.

I am going to switch to 2-line reefing for my single reefing point when I get back to the U.S.

Cheers,
Jim

Re: Single Line Reefing per Mike Inmon

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:23 pm
by atzserv
I have had 2 good responses from the single line reefing and one that didn't go well. I am going to look at 2 line reefing also. I have alot of things i want run to the cockpit and up to know I still have a little room left without things getting too out of control. I am now looking at the chutescoop possiblity run aft and that might be my stumbling blosk, but if it works I should have all the things iIwant aft.

Reffing when needed quickly is a great peace of mind.

Gary

Re: Single Line Reefing per Mike Inmon

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 6:06 pm
by dvideohd
I don't have reefing on my boat now.. And I do think I need to get to work on it... :> A variety of ways on doing this, it seems... If you are single handing and need to reef, you sure don't need to be leaving the cockpit...

So it seems that several things need to be added.... My list so far...
- pulleys at the mast base for running lines to the cockpit..
- a mast plate (with an extra couple of bolts for reinforcing...
- deck organizers - on port and starboard...
- some line control HW and something to hold coiled up lines..

I can see an 8 line system... folks can comment about their own situation... For reefing - my "bad scenario" is to be out single handing - on the lake - and a fast moving front with lightening and massive downdrafts is coming in.. If you are planning for a microburst event, then things can happen very fast - so if I am up next to the mast, it would be not so unlikely to find myself in the water..

Jacklines are an item to consider as well.. If you are NEEDING to reef there are other safety things to consider..

--jerry

Re: Single Line Reefing per Mike Inmon

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 6:08 pm
by irayone
Here in California I always look to the forcast so I know what to expect and if I expect I reef eairly.
The beauty in the Mac is drop the sail and start the motor.....

Re: Single Line Reefing per Mike Inmon

Posted: Mon May 27, 2019 9:44 am
by DaveC426913
Links in opening post have rotted.

I don't suppose the OP wants to update the pics? Or if anyone esle has a layout of their single-handed reefing system?

Re: Single Line Reefing per Mike Inmon

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:01 pm
by beene
The OP is long gone from this site

Upgraded to a Catalina 380 over 10 years ago

Re: Single Line Reefing per Mike Inmon

Posted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:32 am
by BOAT
i wonder what Mike Inmon is up to after all these years?

Re: Single Line Reefing per Mike Inmon

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:13 pm
by BestMACSailor
BOAT wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:32 am
i wonder what Mike Inmon is up to after all these years?
He said he was working w roger on that 70M What ever happened to that. Did it sink?