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Re: Attaching Genoa Sheets
I have attached my gennaker sheets with Dyneema soft shackles also. I made a short eye-splice in each sheet for this reason. This configuration has proven to be very reliable, very strong, very light and quite durable. And, I don't like flying stainless steel on my foredeck also, hence this solution. Soft shackles are indeed soft, although I wouldn't want to catch them on my cheeks when the sail is flapping.
One thing is a bit tricky though. If you attach or disconnect the sheets from the sail the soft shackles are open and can, in an unattended moment, easily slip out of the eye in the sheet. Next thing is that it will fall or slide overboard.
In order to prevent this I attached the soft-shackles to the sheets with some stitches. If you do this near the 'knob' end, it will not affect the sliding action of the soft-shackle. Perhaps something to keep in mind.