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The idea, execution, and ease of use look great. The max line size of 9 mm (3/8") would turn our spinnaker trimmer's hands into meatloaf pretty quick, though. We use thicker sheets for comfort. When is Sailnet going to carry these things, and when are they going to upsize them?
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'Tis clever... and simple. Should be great for twingers.

Wonder about the MSRP...
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You could easily make your own. And the if you use larger spin sheets, just tapper the sheet to fit the 3/8 line, should be pretty easy. My spin sheets are 5/16 tappered to 1/4 then tappered again to 1/8" dyneema. Great grip where you want it, and light weight were you want it.
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Tapering would be the best option if we were in the market for new sheets. Our spinnaker's 1000 square feet. 5/16" would tear off fingers a good puff, so our sheets are at least 5/8".
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Tapering would be the best option if we were in the market for new sheets. Our spinnaker's 1000 square feet. 5/16" would tear off fingers a good puff, so our sheets are at least 5/8".
And you crew doesn't use gloves, winches or ratcheting blocks to help with the load? 5/8" is ridiculous for a boat that uses 1000sq ft chute. The load is less than 1,000 lbs in 15 kts apparent. In light air you won't be using a winch, and the heavy sheets hurt performance. When the wind picks up, you're using a winch anyway, what's one more wrap?

Check out the big boats, they don't have anything that's over 1/2". They just use higher tech lines.
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