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On my previous boat, I used a single knot on one continuous line for my jibsheet for many years, and, can't honestly say that it snagged during tacks any less frequently than tying two separate sheets with bowlines. On my present boat, I use separate sheets tied with bowlines.
I'm inclined to think that, if the wind is strong enough to blow the jib across, you're not likely to have a snag, no matter how you attach the jibsheets, but, if the wind isn't strong enough to blow the sail across, you're likely to have a snag, no matter how you attach the jibsheets. If you have to drag the jibsheets across the shrouds during a tack, something is likely to snag on something. When the wind is that light, I usually just ask someone to walk the sail across each time we tack. It's frustrating to try to get a snagged sheet across, and, while you're messing with it, the boat is losing whatever speed it has. So, I think it's better to just assume that it'll get snagged in light air, and assign someone to walk it across with each tack, as a normal part of boat handling.
Last edited by Sailormon6; 12-08-2006 at 09:22 AM.