SailNet Community - View Single Post - Who uses a Larkshead on their jib sheets?
View Single Post
Old 10-16-2013
Alex W's Avatar
Alex W Alex W is offline
always busy with sailing
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 2,192
Thanks: 2
Thanked 133 Times in 127 Posts
Rep Power: 2
Alex W is on a distinguished road
Re: Who uses a Larkshead on their jib sheets?

Originally Posted by msmith10 View Post
I use a larkshead but I place a short piece of 1/8" line with stopper knots on each end under the looped section. That makes it easier to undo the knot after it tightens up. I rarely leave sheets on for more than a couple days at a time, though. I have hank-ons, and I'm either changing sails or sheets (light/heavy) frequently.
Once you get to the point of changing sheets for different wind conditions you might as well start using tapered sheets as well. Then a Larks Head doesn't work as well though, and switching to some form of soft shackle is best.

I like splicing projects, so I got a bit overboard here and have 3 sets of sheets (light, normal, heavy), the lightest two of which are tapered. They are tapered by splicing dyneema to double braid, though next time I'll probably just look into using a stripable line.
boats that I sail on regularly: Pearson 28-2, Rondar 505, Yankee 30, Blanchard Junior
Seattle, WA
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook