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Jib Sheets

Ordered a new genny while in Annapolis and I plan on buying a new set of sheets for it. 1/2" line, but I'm wondering what would be the best line to use. The way the boat is set up, the sheets are outside the shrouds (rod rigging), so they are against the shrouds most of the time. The sheets on the current headsail are kind of fuzzy where they touch the shrouds and I'm wondering if there is a line with a harder outside shell that would make good sheets? Or is it something that isn't that big a deal?

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Put something over the shroud that will roll with the sheet or present an easier surface for the line to run over.
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I just switched to using New England Ropes 'Regatta Braid' and love it. It's actually the opposite of what you are talking about, soft, real nice on the hands though, and cheap.


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I've had 3 sets of low tech NE ropes fuzzy braid for 22 years of a lot of use. No significant chafe against the shrouds. I changed them because the pretty color faded.

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I've had 3 sets of low tech NE ropes fuzzy braid for 22 years of a lot of use. No significant chafe against the shrouds. I changed them because the pretty color faded.

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And we know the 1st rule of sailing, is to look good doing it
Damn straight! The Admiral and I were both disappointed to find going to 6:1 on the mainsheet wasn't going to demand more line than we had available. There's this boat we crew on for races that has the sharpest-lookin' dark blue with light blue flecks for his mainsheet... *sigh*

Alas, the line line we have is both long enough (by far) and in good enough condition that it doesn't warrant replacement.

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paraphrasing that famouse SNL line..

"It is more important to _look_ good than to _sail_ good!"


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There's this boat we crew on for races that has the sharpest-lookin' dark blue with light blue flecks for his mainsheet... *sigh*


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whoa, that's some sexy expensive sh_t. I was drooling over salsa line before I got the
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You need a project!

The indispensable Don Casey has just the one for you, after you purchase your new, pretty or otherwise, sheets. On page 64 of his, "100 Fast and Easy Boat Improvements" book he describes "rigging rollers".

Basically, go down to Home Marina and pick up appropriately sized oak half round in about six foot lengths. Use a router to hollow out the inside to the dimension of your rod rigging, seal and coat appropriately, you've cut a groove in each end and use sail twine to secure the two halves together over your rod rigging and you now have a roller that reduces chafing on sheets and sails. You put a split stainless steel washer atop your turnbuckle to act as a 'bearing" for the roller to spin on top of the turnbuckle as necessary. With your finishing skills these could look pretty handsome and very "shippy".

If you get a suitable sailing companion, tell her to bring her router! (g)

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