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Best knot for jib sheets

What's the best knot for attaching the jib sheets to the jib clew?

Can someone point me to a source that shows how to tie it?

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The Bowline (pronounced bow-lynn) is the classic knot for this purpose. Superstrong yet easy to untie. If you don't already know it I would suggest that you practice it until you get it down so that it will be second nature when it comes time to make a sail change in dicey conditions. I used to keep some line on the back of my toilet for this purpose, much to the dismay of my better half.

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Just watch Jaws over and over again...its the scene when they are on the Orca right before the Shark pops up and Martin is trying to tie that exact knot...

But on a serious note the bowline is the most common way and is useful in many more applications on a sailboat.

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Try this site: Grog's Boating Knots Index

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best knot is no knot; try a larks head

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best knot is no knot; try a larks head
If the Lark's Head is the same one I know I would worry that when the sheets are slack they might come loose. The lark's head I know uses the tension on over turned loop that has a line through it with a stopper know in the end. When slack the loop can work loose.

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best knot is no knot; try a larks head
I have many lark's heads, a.k.a cow hitch used on jib sheets.

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I prefer bowlines. The lines get end-for-ended more often. It is also a stronger knot.

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I tie more bowlines than any other knot. On my ski boat I use them to tie the ski ropes on and they never fail. they are also easy to untie.
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[QUOTE=CBinRI;484890]...time to make a sail change in dicey conditions. I used to keep some line on the back of my toilet for this purpose, much to the dismay of my better half.

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You can make sail changes from your toilet!?!?
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...time to make a sail change in dicey conditions. I used to keep some line on the back of my toilet for this purpose, much to the dismay of my better half.

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You can make sail changes from your toilet!?!?
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Only when I experience dicey conditions.
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