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Maybe he plans to get one long one and attach it to the sail with a larks head rather than two sheets with bowlines.
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Maybe he plans to get one long one and attach it to the sail with a larks head rather than two sheets with bowlines.
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I use ONE BIG long line for my sheets. 3/8 for a 350# carbon in XLSX. way less stretch than sta-set. but about x3 for cost per foot. About x2 for strength per size IIRC too. So one can go a bit smaller in diam and weight.

Plus's and minus's to both. A larger diam is easier on the hands. Smaller diam is easier for the sail to catch zephyrs and lift when need be, due to the lighter wt of the line itself. Along with the higher tech will not hold as much water if rained on etc.

I choose to go the the higher tech line route, no complaints. But can see the Sta-Set route reasons too.

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A jib sheet? One? Usually when it's time to replace one, it's time to replace the other.
Mine is a single line, looped through at the center at the clew with half running down each side. I've liked that arrangement so intend to do it again.
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I use ONE BIG long line for my sheets.
What is the advantage to that? (I assme, then, that you have either a hanked-on foresail or a furler? We have a Tuff Luff system, so a single line would be disadvantageous.)

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Plus's and minus's to both. A larger diam is easier on the hands. Smaller diam is easier for the sail to catch zephyrs and lift when need be, due to the lighter wt of the line itself.
I had noticed our boat came with two sets of lines for jib sheets, and kind of wondered why they were different diameters. Then it occured to me the smaller-diameter line was probably for use with the light #1.

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I choose to go the the higher tech line route, no complaints.
Some are of the opinion that for just cruising and putzing-around, a line with some stretch is advantageous--as a "shock absorber."

I'd like to go with Sta Set X for the main halyard. The Admiral is balking at the additional expense. Local WM guy is telling us that for just club racing, regular old Sta Set is sufficient. (He's probably right.)

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Mine is a single line, looped through at the center at the clew with half running down each side.
Ah, ok. I haven't considered that. (Aren't they still referred-to as "jib sheets" [plural], regardless of whether rigged from one piece of line or two?)

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(Aren't they still referred-to as "jib sheets" [plural], regardless of whether rigged from one piece of line or two?)
Probably so. They certainly are used as two.
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The 'Grammar Police" agree with SemiJim. There are jib sheets (as there is one to the port and another on the starboard side - also known as a windward sheet and a lazy sheet depending on point of sail) but there is usually only 1 main sheet as the same sheet works for all points of sail.
Interestingly, new sailors often make the obvious association that a 'sheet' should mean a piece of fabric like the material that covers a bed or a sail but are usually disabused of this notion by some know-it-all skipper who will usually be yelling.
Jib sheets require a lot of handling which is why many people prefer them in larger diameters which are easier on the hands. Sailing gloves or bike riding gloves can help a crew minimize blisters and chafing of the hands from working the sheets.
A spinnaker sail has a sheet as well as a guy which is way confusing and beyond the OP.
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Jim,

I club race, but do like to get as close to every ounce speed out of my rig I can, so I went with the XLSx before I really started to race. More because there were more choices of colors to the spouses preference! Maybe take her in to choose the colors!

I use one long sheet tied off in the middle. I did have hanks until mic Oct when the new carbon 155 came in. Then I went with a Carbo foil.

I have thought about the idea of cutting my sheets in half, and tieing them on seperatly. But reality is, I have a sheet for the 155, and the 110, along with a sheet for the AS, and a Guy sheet if I want to tie a pole to the tack, which can be helpfull in light wind conditions.

Yeah, it is a bunch of money in line/rope, but a lot easier to figure out what goes with what, all color coded etc.

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