Slab Reefing

I am a believer in slab reefing - I think it is quicker and easier. It also gives you an ideal sail shape whereas rolling reefing does not. The key is that the new foot of the sail gets pulled taut and that gives a flatter and lower powered sail. When you roll, the sail gets smaller but not flatter.

Steps are: (in the photo we hove to, but you don't have to do that)

  1. Ease mainsheet, ease halyard
  2. Pull down new tack Pull down new tack
  3. Pull out new clew Pull out new clew
  4. Done Done
  5. Tyid up by tying reef points Tidy up by tying reef points - there must be no tension at all on them!
  6. Broad reaching away Broad reaching away

Cruising the Chesapeake: A Gunkholer's Guide cover Cruising the Chesapeake: A Gunkholer's Guide

My favorite Chesapeake Bay guidebook. While it mentions marinas, it concentrates on anchorages—the kind of places I prefer to spend my time. And in addition to listing shore facilities, it rates each location for Beauty/Interest and Protection. This is the guide you need to really cruise the Chesapeake Bay—a smorgasbord of small creeks and coves.

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