Jib sheet

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  1. awerman

    awerman

    Joined Nov 20, 2013
    48 posts, 1 likes
    Catalina C-25
    US Cleveland
    The jib sheet attachment on my c-25 is very large and cumbersome. I left it for this season as it was my first ever with a sailboat. Getting ready to haul her out for the winter and wanted to change the attachment method. Any suggestions? By the way my first season included mistakes, near misses, confusion and more grey hair. That sums up as awesome.
     


  2. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    6,931 posts, 1,192 likes
    Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    Some folks like a bowline, tied in such a way as to orient the knot(s) so it passes more easily across shrouds or lifelines.

    I just use a single, long sheet, attached to the clew with a lark's head knot.

    What method do you use?
     


  3. awerman

    awerman

    Joined Nov 20, 2013
    48 posts, 1 likes
    Catalina C-25
    US Cleveland
    The PO had a mess with a single line and a loop shrink wrapped in the middle looped through the sail. What a mess.
     


  4. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    5,228 posts, 2,558 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    My H23 had 2 sheets with bowlines on each. My H260 has one long sheet with the lark's head knot. (I didn't know the name of the knot. Thanks for teaching me the proper wordage!)
     


  5. awerman

    awerman

    Joined Nov 20, 2013
    48 posts, 1 likes
    Catalina C-25
    US Cleveland
    at least you knew how to make the larks head ?
     


  6. awerman

    awerman

    Joined Nov 20, 2013
    48 posts, 1 likes
    Catalina C-25
    US Cleveland
    At least you knew how to make a larks head ?
     


  7. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    6,931 posts, 1,192 likes
    Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    It kinda sounds as if your PO used a lark's head...kinda.

    I had to google the "proper" name of the knot myself, Kermit. ;)
     


  8. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    5,228 posts, 2,558 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    Pretty easy, really. Pass the middle of the line through the clew and pull both ends through.
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WyzUmetVJFA
    If I can do this just about anyone should be able to. Seriously, it's easy. But I have to admit that I would have done my best to make it difficult if I hadn't seen a picture in the H260 owner's manual.
     


  9. Stu Jackson

    Stu Jackson

    Joined Feb 26, 2004
    20,531 posts, 950 likes
    Catalina 34
    224 CA Maple Bay, BC, Canada
    larks head is also called a cow hitch
     


  10. Kings Gambit

    Kings Gambit

    Joined Jul 27, 2011
    3,160 posts, 785 likes
    Bavaria 38E
    US Alamitos Bay
    Bowlines are best IMO b/c if the need ever arises you can take one sheet off while the other is holding the jib under load.
     


  11. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    10,236 posts, 3,251 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    This. Plus it:

    1) Allows you to switch them around end-for-end when they start to get stressed in areas from the jib car, clutch, and line lock.

    2) Allows you to have red and green tracered lines for port and starboard... your person on the bow will thank you if they ever have to untie and then re-tie them after some mess caused by a funny spin douse.
     


  12. awerman

    awerman

    Joined Nov 20, 2013
    48 posts, 1 likes
    Catalina C-25
    US Cleveland
    Well guys may have to go with bowlines to make changing the sail easier. Thanks for the input.
     




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