Originally Posted by zeehag
jibsheets donot need to be long enough to hang the captain from the yardarms after a wrap around the winch. they need not even wrap around selves in cockpit on sole.
when my jib is in neutral/midships position, my jib sheets are same exact length and only as long as to the winch and cleat. no longer. when furled my sheets come only to the waist of the boat after 3 wraps on furler
Hmmm, I don't see that working very well for those sailing cutters, or if you ever pole out your headsail... If I understand you correctly, are you saying that your sheets don't even reach the cockpit when the jib is furled, and you presumably have to 'walk them back' to the cockpit while simultaneously unfurling the sail?
I dunno, when I start sizing my jibsheets to eliminate the possibility of their ever reaching my prop, I'll know it's time for me to switch to a trawler :-)