Excess sail fabric in reefing
Tying in excess sail fabric in slab reefing is most effective at last outboard reef point, yet is the most difficult to reach and often left undone. My mainsail has a cable in a sleeve running between tack and clew grommets flattening foot and relieving possible tension on reef points. The foot of the reefed main should be flat but not held by the lightly reinforced reef points so I put a row of grommets reinforced by nylon webbing just above the cable for a even tension lacing line, looked good but totally impractical in reefing conditions, though tie off options greatly increased.
One tie almost at the clew would suffice for most of the annoying excess fabric but fear creating a water bag and still leaves difficult location. A continuous loop through a pair of grommets and over each side of the sail can be pulled down to hooks on the boom. First side done should have the most excess fabric, second side pull, which gathers fabric and will be harder, is straight down and can be done with one hand, lacing hook helps esp wearing gloves. Shaking out the reef requires no untying but one is left with the unaerodynamic loops. A boat hook can pull loop flat against the leeside hanging excess to windward, not a long lasting solution, the small things are so annoying. This maybe an old solution, others out there?