Foot Reefing Grommets;
Only for sails that have a Bolt Rope foot in place of slides
Some sails that have both a bolt rope foot (foot goes inside of
the boom) and also uses slab reefing. Sometimes this system also
needs a way to tie a line around the boom. If the sail is inside
of the boom, we have to put a grommet in the sail so the reefing
line can be tied around the boom while the sail is hoisted.
The below picture shows a reef Pad Eye track, most booms do not
have this. So, the sailor ties the line around the boom, thus, on
sails with bolt rope foot, this cannot be done unless we install
foot reefing grommets.
The Blue Circles below would be where grommets are inserted into
the sails foot so a line could be tied around the boom replacing
the pad eye shown below in Red.