According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
Main Entry: reef
1 : to reduce the area of (a sail) by rolling or folding a portion 2 : to lower or bring inboard (a spar) wholly or partially
: to reduce a sail by taking in a reef
In other words, we have a big ole sail, and when the wind’s a blowing, we don’t want the whole sail up. There are several reasons for this including uncomfortable, scary heeling, the possibility of ripping the mainsail ($$$!), the fun chance of demasting… In the SF Bay Area, reefing is an important skill as the winds blow 20 knots regularly.
So, we put a second reef in our main at the dock in Loch Lomond to make sure we knew how to prior to being on the water. Once under the Richmond Bridge (and moving very slowly), we decided to take out the reef, only to put it back in what seemed like 5 minutes later. Practice makes perfect, not that we are anywhere close to perfect, but we are practicing!
Next up, our electrical lesson. As we are really just a giant floating appliance in the big bathtub that is the Bay, we decided to hire a professional to come aboard to go through our systems with us and make recommendations while we were docked at Emery Cove Marina. I can’t recommend Earl from Mathiesen Marine enough!!!! Knowledgable, friendly, great at what he does and has no problem describing things in laymen’s terms for newbies like me. Overall, Earl gave our boat a thumbs up with several recommendations: GFCI outlets, new battery bank, new battery charger and better ventilation for refrigeration. YouTube here I come, as I will be attempting the GFCI outlet switch.