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Old 05-15-2007
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Originally Posted by KeelHaulin
If you are going to put a Lark's Head knot in your sheets, why wouldn't you just splice eyes around the clew? A Lark's Head can be very difficult to untie and it seems that you would rather have bowlines if you are frequently changing sails than a single sheet with a Lark's Head in the middle. In addition an eye will retain 90+% of the breaking strength; while any knot will reduce the strength by at least 40%.
A Lark's Head knot, which is really a hitch, doesn't loose that much strength IMHO, since you're effectively just passing the line through the clew. A splice is not removable and would require you have separate sheets made up for each sail. On most boats, unless they actually race seriously, the headsails aren't changed very often...and a Lark's head is really the simplest and best option.
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