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I searched and all refferences were to continuous sheets wherein the center point is cow hitched to the genoa clew. I am reffering to contiuous sheets where the ends are attached to the clew and the starboard and port sheets are contiuous with each other, as is done on beach cats and dingies.
My genoa sheets were due for replacement today; the clew end had been destroyed by years of flogging (Kevlar core blown--of course, this was the wrong line choise) and the PO left nothing to trim off. Since the rope I had was long enough for both with a good bit left over (free line), I decide to rig it as continuous and see how that felt. I have always been annoyed when the lazy end is pulled over to the turning block, which is out of reach of the cockpit on my boat; I can go get it easily enough, but why? Of course, longer sheets would minimize this... but that is more line in the cockpit.
Yes, there is a bit more rope in the cockpit with a contiuous sheet--no, actually considerably less since the working sheet feed to the lazy sheet, but one strand does cross from one side to the other. Tacking seemed simpler, easier to find the rope to haul in on the other side when short handed; it's the same line you are releasing from the old working winch. Fewer tangles; one of the advantages of a continous line is there is no end to form a knot. Of course, anchoring the end of any line does that.
My traveler (long on a cat) was continuous stock from the maker. Works well and simplifies line managment.
So why not contiuous genoa sheets, which are universal on small boats? I can see separate lines for the chute (nice to coil them away as they are not used most days). Perhaps it is one of those things that works with some layouts and not others. In my case the sheets run behind the deep cockpit (center cockpit), which helps; it feels like a beach cat layout now. I can see if they had to run across the center it would be a drag.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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