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Re: Cool, soft way of attaching jib sheets

Soft Halyard Shackle

This has become my favorite sheet attachment recently. It takes a few minutes to make enough of the knots for every sail, but after that connecting things is fast, and no metal.
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Re: Cool, soft way of attaching jib sheets

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Thanks. I tried it out at home and will try it on some sheets today.

I found it easier to tighten the whole knot once (which is a bit of a pain) so that the loop is very small. The tail with the stopper knot is then what goes through the sail clew and the tail is run through the loop, then the stopper knot is tied.

It works, but a soft shackle with a linesman loop (or other mid-line loop) in the middle of the sheet is probably easier if you want to keep a single line for the sheet. That is my preference, I don't like cutting sheets in half because you never know what the line may get used for next time.
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Soft Halyard Shackle

This has become my favorite sheet attachment recently. It takes a few minutes to make enough of the knots for every sail, but after that connecting things is fast, and no metal.
How do you attach the soft shackle to the sheets? An eye splice? That would make for a smaller knot than my two bowlines.

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Hey,

Why not just use a cow hitch / larks head?

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Maybe because it is kind of awkward to get the sheet free of the sail after use or during a sail change?

Must admit that I prefers a soft shackle to the knot in the OP.
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How do you attach the soft shackle to the sheets? An eye splice? That would make for a smaller knot than my two bowlines.

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Two sheets with an eye splice in the end, this is the sheet on my Code 0, same for a head sail.
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Re: Cool, soft way of attaching jib sheets

Looks good. I need to put some eye splices in my jib sheets. I have been playing with Dynema, too. Amazing stuff. What size did you use?

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How do you attach the soft shackle to the sheets? An eye splice? That would make for a smaller knot than my two bowlines.

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If you look at the link, the sheet has an eye splice that slips. So it can be opened up. The opening is put over the knot (that is ring hitched to the sail ring) then as you tension the sheet it pulls the eye closed. It makes it almost impossible for the sheet to come off without human intervention, but only takes a second to pull it open when you need it.


As for size... It depends on which boat. I do a lot of splicing, and enjoy it, so I have pretty complicated sheets, more from having something to do than real justification.

On the Corsair 750 I just made some 1/4" sheets, that are buried into a 3/8 cover. But I think they may be too thick, so I am considering making some 1/8 tapered to 1/4 then to 3/8. This stuff is so easy to splice it's just fun to play with. Make up a few different sizes, then throw it on the boat and see what happens.

But then I have a set of light air sheets that are literally 100lbs test fishing line, spliced into a 1/4" covers... It's what happenes when you get a few drinks into a dead still day on the racing course and realize you forgot to unload the fishing pole.
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Re: Cool, soft way of attaching jib sheets

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I found a source of Amsteel last summer. At $10.00 / pound for mil ends I started using it for all sorts of things. It's ease of splicing, knot holding, low stretch, amazing strength, abrasion resistance and light weight has made it my favorite new toy. I gave soft shackles as stocking stuffers to my kids this past Christmas. Ha! (They are all adults). I just, last week, replaced the boat cover's support structure with an Amsteel ridge line and web. Now the entire 30' cover and structure fits into my Saab's trunk. You gotta love it. No more chain for twitching logs. No more meat hooks on the winch "cable". I love it. I did replace my life lines with it.

It hadn't occurred to me to use a soft shackle for my jib sheets until your post. Thanks! Now to splice eyes in the sheets.

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Re: Cool, soft way of attaching jib sheets

that just looks cool to me but i am bit unsure about the strength of this rope.....
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Strength of this stuff is amazing! 18,000 pounds for 3/8" Amsteel! That'l do er!

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