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post #14 of Old 06-17-2002
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Storm Jibs

Perhaps Jeff H could answer this query: He mentioned storm jibs usually have their own sheets permanently spliced to the clew. Are the reasons for this a) to avoid bitter ends from any knots thrashing about and b) to ensure instant and ready availability of sheets when needed? Or are there other reasons? I am acutely aware that we have both trysail and storm jib aboard our boat only launched 6 weeks ago - no sheets fitted -yet - but that so far we haven''t tried them out. I know I should puzzle everybody watching on a nice day soon by trying out the whole set up - and we will - we will (ie how do you effectively lash the main boom down!?). But I was not intending to have dedicated sheets on either of these sails. When we played trysails on a skippers course we did not have dedicated sheets. Are there some good reasons that have passed me by? I would appreciate some wisdom. Thanks.
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