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  1. Lobinson

    Lobinson

    Joined Jan 14, 2016
    5 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 309
    Au Geraldton
    Hi All,

    I seeking advice on reefing Catalina 309. I needed to reef the other day but struggled to tack upwind as I have to much sail in the rear of the main. Can someone explain in simple terms how this is done. It appears that there is no where to secure the reef on the mast, just the sheet onto the boom bracket.

    Also is there a spinnaker setup for this model?

    Finally, I'm new to sailing and enjoy reading the posts.

    Regards David
     


  2. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    6,181 posts, 740 likes
    Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    I've got a couple of diagrams you might like. Hope they help!
    reefing2.jpg reefing_10.jpg
     


  3. kappykaplan

    kappykaplan

    Joined May 1, 2011
    742 posts, 103 likes
    Pearson 37
    US Lusby MD
    Did you ease the mainsheet so the mainsail wasn't powering the boat?
     


  4. JohnVTX

    JohnVTX

    Joined Jul 14, 2015
    840 posts, 131 likes
    Catalina 30
    US Stillhouse Hollow Marina
    I seeking advice on reefing Catalina 309. I needed to reef the other day but struggled to tack upwind as I have to much sail in the rear of the main.

    Start the motor to tack into the wind, ease the halyard. One of the setups shown by justsomeguy needs to already be in place, then pull sail onto boom and tie in place. Re-tighten the halyard
     


  5. Meriachee

    Meriachee

    Joined Aug 1, 2011
    2,442 posts, 617 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Wabamun - on the orange ball
    David, do you have reef padeyes in the sail and did your boat come with the single line reefing system?
     


  6. tahomathundr

    tahomathundr

    Joined Jun 4, 2009
    84 posts, 2 likes
    Catalina 309
    US Swantown Marina Olympia, WA
    David, The C309 came with in mast furling. Is that what you have or was it changed? With inmast furling you just roll it back into the mast the amount that you want to reef then adjust the rod kicker to get better sail shape as needed. You don't have reefing lines on the boom or the mast.
     


  7. Lobinson

    Lobinson

    Joined Jan 14, 2016
    5 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 309
    Au Geraldton
    I have 2 reefing lines and no mast in furling main sail... will check on the padeye setup...
     


  8. RoyS

    RoyS

    Joined Jun 3, 2012
    322 posts, 69 likes
    Hunter 33
    US Bay Pointe, Quincy
    You should be able to ease the main while close hauled and then go forward and reef the main while the jib alone powers the boat. If conditions are really nasty, send the wife.
     


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  9. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    6,181 posts, 740 likes
    Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    :laugh:
     


  10. weinie

    weinie

    Joined Sep 6, 2010
    1,146 posts, 178 likes
    Jeanneau 349
    US port washington, ny
     


  11. dziedzicmj

    dziedzicmj

    Joined Aug 13, 2012
    431 posts, 69 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Ottawa
    Keep in mind that the only two things holding the sail down have to be the tack and the clew. The reefing ties (going through the pad eyes in the sail) should not have any load on them (they are there only to keep the sail around the boom). If you put any load on them, they will rip the sail.
     


  12. Stu Jackson

    Stu Jackson

    Joined Feb 26, 2004
    19,802 posts, 496 likes
    Catalina 34
    US Maple Bay, BC, Canada
    Very good advice. Other alternative is to sail on port tack, then heave to. This puts the high side on starboard where the boom reefing gear, at least for the first reef, is usually located.
     


  13. Lobinson

    Lobinson

    Joined Jan 14, 2016
    5 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 309
    Au Geraldton
    Great advice regarding the Wife
    :laugh:
     


  14. tahomathundr

    tahomathundr

    Joined Jun 4, 2009
    84 posts, 2 likes
    Catalina 309
    US Swantown Marina Olympia, WA
    David, Since you do not have the inmast rig, yours most likely has a rig from a C310 which shares the same hull. You might want to check the C310 forum for rig advice.
     


  15. Tom J

    Tom J

    Joined Sep 30, 2008
    993 posts, 37 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Quincy, MA
    I have a C310 with jiffy reefing. One reefing line pulls down both the tack and the clew. Simply head upwind, let the mainsheet go slack, lower the mainsail halyard to the height of the reefed main, take in the reefing line, and re-tension the main halyard, fall off and trim the main. You probably have a rigid vang, so the topping lift shouldn't be needed while lowering the main. This is all done at the cabin top winches, so there is no need to go forward. The Admiral is very happy about that.
     


  16. Alansails

    Alansails

    Joined Oct 3, 2011
    548 posts, 60 likes
    Anam Cara Catalina 310 Hull #155
    US Lake Erie/Catawba Island
    Was heaving to a possibility instead of starting the engine?
     


  17. njlarry

    njlarry

    Joined Sep 23, 2009
    1,322 posts, 128 likes
    O'Day 34-At Last
    US Rock Hall, Md
    Now you tell me! :banghead:
     


  18. shemandr

    shemandr

    Joined Jan 1, 2006
    3,368 posts, 491 likes
    Marblehead Skiff 14'
    US Greenport, NY
    Lobinson, I did not understand from your OP if you successfully reefed but had trouble going upwind due to the excess sail in the aft of the main? Or were you unable to get the reef in because of the excess material?
     



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