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Norm Rhines

I am currently using Barrnet #10 single speed, which works OK for downwind reefing .

That said, I seldom down wind reef, why add to my work? I normally come up and release most of the tension on the main =less work, less strain on the rig, and not that much time required, however if in a race this is not the case.

I use one winch and a pair of spinlock clutches before it. One comment on the winch, when I am putting the sail away I use it as a turning block (both lines) so that I can single hand and clean up the leach of the sail as it comes down onto the boom.
I use a lazy jack system.
The winch is about 4" from the goose neck and the clutches are about 10" more out. The single speed works best because you can ratchet to keep pulling the handle tward the mast. If you pull the handle up or down you do rotate the boom on the goose neck.

Hope this helps you.

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