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Aaron Norlund

Dear Twelve,

I'm averse to clutches - even the best are hard on lines. That said, for something like reefing lines, they would work well and seeing as you don't spend a lot of time reefed, wouldn't chew your line up too quick. If you go with clutches, spend the money for good Schaeffer or Harken clutches. Also consider using cam cleats - they're loads cheaper and work well if the lines are properly led. Another option is to mount two or three cleats. I'm old school and prefer cleats, but to each his or her own.

Also consider using cam cleats - they're loads cheaper and work well if the lines are properly led.

A reefing winch is near the top of my list for any boat that might see wind. It's really tough to get a tight foot and flat sail in thirty knots by hand.

Fair leads,
Aaron N.


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