Hello everyone. I have a 1979 s2 9.2c, with 140% genoa. I am replacing the jib sheet . The owner manual says the size is 3/8” 45 f. long. That looks thinner then what I have on it now ( 1/2” ? Rope?)
Please advise, thanks.
Agree 3/8 inch diameter is too small for your size boat. 12 mm or 1/2 inch diameter recommended for your boat length. Please refer to the attached link on rope diameter selection. If you are happy with the jib sheet length now I would measure the length and purchase that length and consider the appropriate length for a smaller ji, if you plan to sail with one.
Thanks for the advise. I wonder what will be the outcome if I use the 3/8 line. Will it put more stress on the winch? If that’s the case I will not use it. Otherwise I can experiment with it. ( I already bought the line from West Marine and I don’t think I can exchange it).
3/8 inch diameter will be fine since you already have them..........as you tack pull the jib over and tighten the sheet up quickly and cleat it then fall off and slowly let the sheet out to adjust the jib. You might install Barton marine wincher self tailers to convert your winches to self-tailing
Here's a tip... the winchers don't work well on sheet winches.... You'd be better served to invest in a set of "cam" cleats on risers to keep the sheet level. The you just snap them in and out (no fairleads on the cleats) Using the winchers on sheet winches will inhibit your tacking speed and not allow you to grind in the sheet one handed like a regular self tailing winch... you still have to strip the line off by hand... the winch has to be fully loaded to operate which is unnecessary except in hard conditions.
The 3/8 line will be fine... you'll get used to it quickly, and you can always wear gloves . You can go with 7/16 next time if you want, but 1/'2" is pretty beefy for a 30 ft boat.... totally unnecessary for the increased cost.
Thanks for the replies. I just got back from boat, decided to go with 7/16 (that’s what I got on it). I think it’ll be easier to sheet in in strong winds.
I am also going to to convert the winches to “self tailing “. Conversion kits are available without replacing the whole winch.