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Re: Who uses a Larkshead on their jib sheets?

The larkshead has worked fine on our jib. Definitely tough to unknot at the end of the season, but a little coaxing and an assist from a pair of needle nose pliers always did the trick.

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Re: Who uses a Larkshead on their jib sheets?

Fid ~ 2. A large tapering pin used to open the strands of a rope before splicing.

A tool like this will help you undo your Larkshead or Cow Hitch more betterly.

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Re: Who uses a Larkshead on their jib sheets?

use larkshead on my 465 sq ft genua, removes the sheets now and then, never any problems.

Works fine. Somewhat heavy.

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Re: Who uses a Larkshead on their jib sheets?

We find we minimize hanging up the bowlines on the rigging by insuring plenty of slack on the released sheet and not aggressively pulling the new working sheet until the clew gets to the mast. Wind will do the work for you, if you don't create opposing tension on the two sheets, which drags the clew across the standing rigging.
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Re: Who uses a Larkshead on their jib sheets?

We use a larks head.

I have a fid on my sailing knife. A few minutes working the knot with the fid at the end of the season loosens the knot for storage. Really not a big deal...

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Re: Who uses a Larkshead on their jib sheets?

I use a larkshead but I place a short piece of 1/8" line with stopper knots on each end under the looped section. That makes it easier to undo the knot after it tightens up. I rarely leave sheets on for more than a couple days at a time, though. I have hank-ons, and I'm either changing sails or sheets (light/heavy) frequently.

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Re: Who uses a Larkshead on their jib sheets?

When I used a bowline the hangups were constant. The larkshead never seems to hang.

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Re: Who uses a Larkshead on their jib sheets?

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I use a larkshead but I place a short piece of 1/8" line with stopper knots on each end under the looped section. That makes it easier to undo the knot after it tightens up. I rarely leave sheets on for more than a couple days at a time, though. I have hank-ons, and I'm either changing sails or sheets (light/heavy) frequently.
Once you get to the point of changing sheets for different wind conditions you might as well start using tapered sheets as well. Then a Larks Head doesn't work as well though, and switching to some form of soft shackle is best.

I like splicing projects, so I got a bit overboard here and have 3 sets of sheets (light, normal, heavy), the lightest two of which are tapered. They are tapered by splicing dyneema to double braid, though next time I'll probably just look into using a stripable line.

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Re: Who uses a Larkshead on their jib sheets?

Larkshead for one sheet. If using two, then go with splices and a soft shackle.

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I prefer to minimize knots on the headsail... I use two part soft shackles. Where the diamond knot stays on the sail and the sheets can be easily detached.
This is what I'd do if I was starting over. I made these for my spinnaker pole topping lift and downhaul and like how they work.

For everyone else: http://l-36.com has the best documentation on this stuff that I've found. Look at the "better soft shackle", "halyard soft shackle" and also how he splices amsteel to double braid for halyards.

I'm using the amsteel to double braid splice on my jib sheets, but the splice doesn't like all of the twisting that you get from using the winch. This is why I'd just use a strippable line next time.
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