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Re: Jib sheet knots
'Old school' has a lot of experience to have as back up.
I have 2 seperate sheets, tied with a bowline. I have seen a genoa sheet come apart.
Slip knots like the above clove hitch can slip and slide along and a bowline will not slip.
I was told 2 seperate sheets as if one fails, the other is already tied on. I think this is good seamanship for safety reasons.
As to the knot weakening the line, I agree and every 18-24 months, I shorten or turn around the sheets. As to thickness, I use as thick as the car and winch will take. My Genny sheets are 16mm - just for the sake of my hands. When stretched, they seem about 14mm thick.
Its just what I do, its great to see what others have.
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