Reefing Lines

Two Questions:1) My sail has two sets of reefing points on it. I plan to have at least one ready to use on any given day. I'm not sure what size rope to install. I don't want to over/under so it. Anyone have this answer? 2) My mast sits on the mast step and moves back and forth a little when I wind the winch. Is this slop normal ? [8] Thanks for any answers.

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Bruce; in regard to question #2, how much is a little? Do you ha

Bruce; in regard to question #2, how much is a little? Do you have a gray paste at the base of the mast after it's been wet for a while? Is your forestay tensioned properly? Does the slop go away when the jib is up and tensioned? These may be helpful places to look for answers. The factory sells a stainless steel sleeve that fits on the bottom of the mast to reduce wear. It's easy to replace the mast step. One owner spread epoxy along the step and plopped the mast into it to reduce leeway. Hope this helps.

Thanks Bob, I haven't had the old girl at sea yet since the rest

Thanks Bob, I haven't had the old girl at sea yet since the restoration started so I don't know if there is a grey paste or if the jib tentioning will stop it.: It's a side to side movement (approx. 1/4")at the fwd side of the mast pivoting on the hinge pin. Customflex built: I understand they cut something off the mast bottom for their boats. I do remember reading a message about using epoxy to form a close fitting base on the mast mount. I need to search it out and try that. I've become very familiar with epoxy useage these past 10 months.