Re: Who uses a Larkshead on their jib sheets?
Originally Posted by msmith10
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