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Where''''s the sheet go?

What happens to the windward jib sheet? Does it stay attached to something(like the winch or cleat or fairlead)? It can''t just fly loose, right?
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Where''''s the sheet go?

If you love it you set it free......

Seriously, the working jib sheet is released just as the sail flops toward the center of the boat. It is important that the new lazy sheet s free to run so the the new working sheet can be brought in more easily.

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Where''''s the sheet go?

I use stopper knots on my sheets so the bitter ends won''t pull through the sheet leads or blocks. These are tied a few feet from the bitter ends of the sheets so even if the knot comes to the block, the leader will still be in the cockpit and reachable.

During a tack, the leeward sheet is let go and paid out to make sure it doesn’t fowl or jam. Once through the tack and trimmed the lazy sheet can be brought up so its actions won''t cause it to fowl on anything. It can then be loosely made around the weather winch or coiled and laid out in prep for the next tack but it should never be made fast to anything.

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Ahoy, well first iffin I gets yer meaning mo st of de sheep is made into lamb chops but some of dem bouncy one gets to be in dem sleep commercials. But iffin I was to be lucky enough to have two sheeps on me ship well den I don''t tinks me ever need to come to port for me usual wench call. I suppose iffin ye let one loose and den haul right hard on de other it might be a fair enough game to pass the afternoon. Pirate of Pine Island
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Where''''s the sheet go?

Is that your way of sayin'' "That was a dumb question"?
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Ahoy, iffin me meaning be lost in the wind and iffin I be waxing to surreal for ye den ye''s got wot most of the world calls Pirate envy. YES Pirate of Pine Island.
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Where''''s the sheet go?

After completely releasing the active jib sheet as the sail luffs during a tack, and the new jib sheet becomes the active sheet, I usually put a loose turn on the windward winch and throw the remainder of the lazy sheet into a nice snarl on the cockpit bench near the windward winch. I take in the slack so I have loose swoops from sheet block to whatever obstruction has held the sheet off the deck on the mast. Slack, but not completely loose. You certainly could leave it loose if you wanted to, as long as it''s handy when you''re ready to tack back again.

The sheet thing was confusing to me since on one tack it is an active sheet and then on the other is the lazy sheet.

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