I replaced the throat toggle with a strong loop of rope
The full sail laid out
The reefed sail
‘Pike’ has a single spritsail. Iain Oughtred originally designed her without a boom, but one of her owners thought better, and added one. This complicated the reefing process, because a block that was attached to the mast for the boom snotter prevented two of the luff toggles from sliding down the mast. To reef the sail I had to lower the throat of the sail from the full sail position to a point below it equal to the depth of the reef; while doing so I had to release the luff toggles and replace them when the sail had been lowered. To make matters worse, there were two fairleads screwed to the mast. Now that I have removed them and the boom snotter block, the sail can rapidly be lowered to the reefing position for tying in the reef points. The sprit snotter can then be adjusted to put a fair strain on the sail so that it sets properly, and away you go!
Having removed the boom and its associated snotter block, the rig has been restored to the original design. I’m a lot happier with it, because I can quickly put in a reef when required.