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10-21-2013 09:35 PM
arknoah
Re: Who uses a Larkshead on their jib sheets?

Quote:
Originally Posted by RedHorizon View Post
We have always used a larks head and haven't had any hang up issues. Yes, it's tough to undo at the end of a season, but a fid or marlin spike will help to gently ease the knot apart.
Yep!
10-21-2013 08:43 PM
RedHorizon
Re: Who uses a Larkshead on their jib sheets?

We have always used a larks head and haven't had any hang up issues. Yes, it's tough to undo at the end of a season, but a fid or marlin spike will help to gently ease the knot apart.
10-21-2013 08:15 PM
FSMike
Re: Who uses a Larkshead on their jib sheets?

Only real problem with a larkshead is if it decides to break. You then have a very out of control jib.
10-16-2013 09:56 PM
DonScribner
Re: Who uses a Larkshead on their jib sheets?

I use a larkshead but I remove it after each excursion so it doesn't have time to bind up.
10-16-2013 01:31 PM
Alex W
Re: Who uses a Larkshead on their jib sheets?

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Originally Posted by Stumble View Post
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.
10-16-2013 12:38 PM
zz4gta
Re: Who uses a Larkshead on their jib sheets?

Larkshead for one sheet. If using two, then go with splices and a soft shackle.
10-16-2013 12:29 PM
Alex W
Re: Who uses a Larkshead on their jib sheets?

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Originally Posted by msmith10 View Post
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.
10-16-2013 11:53 AM
travlineasy
Re: Who uses a Larkshead on their jib sheets?

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

Cheers,

Gary
10-16-2013 11:43 AM
msmith10
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.
10-16-2013 11:00 AM
JimMcGee
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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