Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Third Reef

When I was having my emotional experience off Run Cay and Long Island I realized that Reboot was quite overpowered even though the main was double reefed. In talking to the Neil Pryde people we came to the conclusion that it would be prudent to add a third and very deep reef. This morning I took the main down. I had forgotten just how big and heavy it is. After I got it rolled up and in the bag I went back and ran the second reefing line inside the boom (it had been outside before, I am going to use those rigging points for the third reed.) You would think that running four lines through the boom would be easy (bottom reef, now middle reef, topping lift, outhaul.) As it turns out getting them not wrapped around each other is quite a trick. I can't see the entire inside length of the boom in the daylight - I hope that tonight I will be able to see what is going on. The alternative is to take the boom apart at the goose neck for better visibility

Tomorrow I go visit Customs and Border Protection (again) to register Reboot for the "Florida boater option." Hopefully that will prevent a future debacle like the last time I returned to the US.

Fair winds and following seas :)

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