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Aaron Norlund

Norm,

I have slab reefing (line from gooseneck to a cheekblock at clew end, up through the reef clew and back down to pad eye on opposite side of boom.) I use the reef horns for my reef tacks. I'm trying to figure out how to reeve my reef lines through the bag - a few people have suggested webbing-lined holes through which the line can run. Someone else suggested a zipper that could be opened to allow the reefing line to move freely through the cutout.

The problem I see with the zipper is that, when you need a reef, you'll have to get to the zipper; not the best time. But I'm not sure how else to get the line through the stackpack without the risk of a hockle tearing it. Perhaps a PVC tube or something, seized to the pack to act as a fairlead could work.

Another thing I'm considering is creating a sleeve for the boom and sewing it to the bottom of the stackpack, then cutting a long slot for the section where the reefing lines have to run through the bottom of the pack. It'd be a big gap, so hockles probably wouldn't hurt it. Also, my reefing lines would be contained within the boom sleeve so they wouldn't dangle.

I wish I would have thought about the reefing lines a bit more before I started sewing. If I had, I probably would have installed an aluminum track the length of the boom to which I could attach the starboard (reefing) side of the pack. This would be below the cheek blocks and allow the stack pack to contain the lines, while allowing a lines fair leads to the reef clews.

Alrighty, off to sew.

Cheers,
Aaron N.

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