Spinnaker sheets, light vs heavy wind

 

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  • #1990

    Jean Andre
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    Hi guys,
    What do you use for light wind spinnaker sheets? How about heavy winds?
    Also, do you have single sheets with twings or do you have a lazy sheet and a lazy guy?

    Cheers

    Jean

    • This topic was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by SWG SWG.
    #3458
    Bruce Hubble
    Bruce Hubble
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    Endurabraid 8mm. Strip the cover off of 16 feet of it. Uncovered, it is very light and doesn’t absorb water. It serves both light and heavy conditions very well.

    I use twings. No need for dip pole jibes.

    #3459

    Jean Andre
    Participant

    Thanks for the info Bruce,
    How long in total are your sheets? What shackes do you use? Any cons about just tying a bowline at the clews?
    Cheers
    By the way, Spar Wars is looking amazing!

    #3460

    Jim Saylor
    Participant

    We use flight line, very light does not absorb water & I made my own custom soft shackles, light easy and have never come free under any conditions. Maybe I’ll photo and post one day.

    #3461

    Jean Andre
    Participant

    I like soft shackles very much, I even can splice them to the end of a line so they are integrated and then my diamond knot stay on the sail clew. It is a very neat arrangement.

    #3462
    Bruce Hubble
    Bruce Hubble
    Participant

    Bowlines work. Currently using shackles because of Mackinac race. Long distance races it is easier to do a drop and launch instead of a peel with shackles.

    #3463

    Jonathan Pollak
    Participant

    We use New England Ropes “Flight Line” for light air sheets. Light, does not absorb water and don’t need to strip. No shackles. Just tie in with Bowline. Cheaper and lighter that way.

    I use Sampson “MLX” with Tylaska shackles for heavy air.

    Flight Line is good up to low to mid teens. Change over after that.

    -Jon

    #3469

    Dari
    Participant

    @Jean… Can you take a picture of the integrated soft shackle? Or do you have a place that you learned how to make it?

    Dari

    #3470

    Jean Andre
    Participant

    Hi Dari,

    For Jib, Genoa sheets, I prefer this arrangement with a soft shackle and loop splices, since the knot gets inside the sail clew and does not hang on shrouds or lifelines http://l-36.com/soft_shackle_intro.php

    For halyards and the spinnaker sheets I like this integrated splice ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRKOkYqWpug ) , but with the “Better soft shackle” ( http://l-36.com/soft_shackle_9.php ). I think this shackle is easier to use then the one with the opening line.

    let me know what you think.

    Cheers

    #3480

    Dari
    Participant

    I love it! Thanks. I know exactly what you mean about the Better Soft Shackle. I’ll be splicing this weekend!!!

    Dari

    #3482
    Bruce Hubble
    Bruce Hubble
    Participant

    60 foot sheet/guys. Mauri Pro says 66 ft.

    #3483

    Jim Saylor
    Participant

    I buy 75′, this allows for stripping the ends and leaves room to end for end them after a couple seasons.

    #3677
    SWG
    SWG
    Keymaster

    once again about spinnaker sheets. what kind of sheets do people prefer, for what conditions and what about attachment options. quite a few sets of sheets came with our boat, plus we acquired some others, plus some from our previous boat.

    super light sheets with clips, maybe these should be replaced with the light dyneema sheets we have.

    conventional sheet with shackle guard.

    tapered dyneema sheet with snap shackle.

    #3794

    Ray
    Participant

    quick question about tapered spin sheets.. Don’t they need some sort of shackle guard to keep them from slipping through the jaws of the pole? I’m just going to put eye splices in the ends of mine and use soft shackles to keep weight down, but there’s not enough bulk there to keep all of it from pulling through the pole jaws. The clew ring might catch, though.. any ideas?

    I guess the real question should be- does adding anything to the ends of the sheets matter if you’re using soft shackles that just collapse when the guy runs through the pole jaws to the clew ring?

    #3803
    Bruce Hubble
    Bruce Hubble
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    I use regular shackles for long distance races in case of the need for a peel.

    for buoy racing..nothing lighter than a bowline.

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