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|05-15-2007 09:35 AM|
There are many ways to set up your sheets; and I'm not suggesting that any one way is better than another. I need to change my setup because the lines are wrapping up on each-other due to a swivel on the snap shackle. Far from ideal.
I will mention that if you have a failure of your sheet at it's attachment point it would be better have the two lines independent of one another rather than both as a continuous line. If one of two knots fail you are not at risk of losing both sheets and having a completely uncontrolled headsail. JMHO...
|05-15-2007 09:00 AM|
Originally Posted by KeelHaulin
|05-15-2007 07:55 AM|
|freddy4888||With a cutter rig, the larks head knot is the only way to go in my opinion. My jib has to clear a staysail stay when tacking and with the larks head knot I have no problems. As to slipping concerns I do not worry about it because at the end of the season when I remove the jib for storage the larks head knot becomes one of those "effin" knots that requires the use of a marlin spike to get it loose.|
|05-15-2007 06:17 AM|
|KeelHaulin||If you are going to put a Lark's Head knot in your sheets, why wouldn't you just splice eyes around the clew? A Lark's Head can be very difficult to untie and it seems that you would rather have bowlines if you are frequently changing sails than a single sheet with a Lark's Head in the middle. In addition an eye will retain 90+% of the breaking strength; while any knot will reduce the strength by at least 40%.|
|05-12-2007 06:37 PM|
the only problem is that the double sheetbend's tail may snag on the shrouds like a bowline does. The Lark's head doesn't have anything to snag on the shrouds.
|05-12-2007 06:12 PM|
Here's a recommendation I saw in Good Old Boat magazine last year:
Put a permanent tail in the leech cringle by eye-splicing a piece of braided line. How long piece? Long enough to do what it says ya gotta do with it! (Read on.)
Then find the middle of a single continuous sheetline and mark it with whippings about 18 inches apart. Form a bight with the part of the line between the whippings and use the tail to secure it with a double sheetbend.
Advantages over single sheetline with cow hitch: no wrinkles in the clew and you can change headsails while leaving the sheetline in place.
|04-27-2007 09:42 PM|
|sailingdog||Good to hear it...|
|04-27-2007 07:57 PM|
|Zanshin||I sailed today in 25+ kts of wind and the new pedigree cow hitch knots held up very well and didn't cause me any problems at all while tacking! I'm a happy camper - thanks to all in this invaluable forum!|
|04-26-2007 10:07 PM|
|Zanshin||wumhenry - I posted an existing picture of the Pedigree cow hitch; imagine a mirror image to the left of that and the bitter ends each going into the turns of the other. I have 2 separate sheets, so needed 2 knots.|
|04-26-2007 08:22 PM|
Originally Posted by wumhenry
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