GP14 Sailing Forums Forum Reefing Lines—Stowage.

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    • #23956
      Windychippy
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      Just picked a set of reefable sails and altered the boom so the lines are in-boom so I’m asking when reefed what do you do with the excess lines at the front of the boom.  I have some little plastic line tidies and also some self-adhesive 20cm x 10cm bags which could be stuck on the side of the boom.  How do you experienced sailers deal with the excess lines especially the second reefing line.  Thank You.

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    • #23958
      Simon Conway
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      Windychippy,

      I installed two ‘tidy hooks’ or also called ‘belaying hooks’ one on each side of the boom near the front where the reefing cleats are. They  come with a short length of looped line so you can coil the excess reefing line and belay it easily.

       

       

    • #23961
      Oliver Shaw
      Moderator

      There is no single right answer, so devise a system which works for yourself.

      Simon has described his system. I had a fabric “spinnaker bag” made up stretching right across the boat, so two compartments, one either side of mast.   I had two pockets sewn on each side, one for a halliard (main to starboard, genoa to port,  if I remember correctly),  and one each side for the reefing lines.

      Mind you, when single-handed, so no problem of clumsy feet in the fore part of the cockpit churning everything into a mess,  I sometimes just dropped them on the cockpit sole.

      Hope this helps,

       

      Oliver

      • This reply was modified 6 months ago by Oliver Shaw. Reason: Technical issues; original post entirely failed to display while I was typing, so I was working blind. The "edit" was the first opportunity to see what I was typing, and there were occasional typos!
    • #23963
      Windychippy
      Participant

      Thank you both, “spinnaker bags yet to be made and I like the extra pockets idea although these will probably be full of food, lol.  Also like the tidy hooks idea which I have to hand.  Thanks.

      • #23964
        Oliver Shaw
        Moderator

         I like the extra pockets idea although these will probably be full of food

        For what it is worth,  my spinnaker bag had,  on the port side,  the spinnaker in a bucket,  which also served as the emergency heavy-duty bailer (although never ever in fact needed in that role  –  but at least I had it onboard in case of need),  and which also served as the emergency loo  –  (wash it thoroughly over the side after use before reinstating the spinnaker in it …).

        On the starboard side,  anchor and rode in a bucket,  plus canvas bag containing multitude of spare ropes,  including mooring lines.

        Still plenty of space for an extra bag for picnic,  including wine and plastic “glasses”.

        With only two persons aboard  –  and often only one  –  there was also sufficient space forward,  outside the spinnaker bags,  for a coolbox,  duly tied in  (of course).   (See photo;  “Wine with you,  sir”,  ashore for picnic on Traeth Lligwy,  Anglesey,  summer 2007,  after sailing from Traeth Bychan.)

        On the latter topic,  I had a substantial number of stainless steel strap eyes screwed into the underside of the deck,  just inside the cockpit coaming;   I bought a job lot cheap on eBay.   Every last piece of loose kit was permanently attached to a lanyard,  which terminated in a carbine hook (also stainless steel,  and another job lot bought cheap off eBay),  so everything was clipped on when stowed,  and unclipped if necessary when actually in use.

        That was a fairly reliable system for ensuring that in the unlikely event of a capsize no gear got lost.

        Mind you,  there is no accounting for carrying a phone loose in a jacket pocket,  at an Aberdovey Vintage GP14 event,  and then forgetting all about it when wading in deep to help recover other boats in mild surf.   Phones do not take well to being drowned!   But the enforced replacement was at least an upgrade!

         

        Oliver

         

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