July 26, 2014 at 10:30 pm #1990
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?
July 27, 2014 at 11:12 am #3458
- This topic was modified 2 years, 10 months ago by SWG.
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.July 27, 2014 at 1:04 pm #3459
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?
By the way, Spar Wars is looking amazing!July 27, 2014 at 5:42 pm #3460
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.July 27, 2014 at 10:13 pm #3461
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.July 28, 2014 at 1:34 am #3462
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.August 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm #3463
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.
-JonAugust 13, 2014 at 4:55 pm #3469
@Jean… Can you take a picture of the integrated soft shackle? Or do you have a place that you learned how to make it?
DariAugust 13, 2014 at 8:44 pm #3470
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.
CheersAugust 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm #3480
I love it! Thanks. I know exactly what you mean about the Better Soft Shackle. I’ll be splicing this weekend!!!
DariAugust 18, 2014 at 9:39 pm #3482
60 foot sheet/guys. Mauri Pro says 66 ft.August 19, 2014 at 4:47 am #3483
I buy 75′, this allows for stripping the ends and leaves room to end for end them after a couple seasons.February 24, 2015 at 10:59 pm #3677
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.July 1, 2015 at 9:56 am #3794
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?July 2, 2015 at 11:47 pm #3803
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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