Order the continuous line a bit longer. If you decide it doesn't work for you, or when it does wear at the larkshead, cut it into two separate lines.
I keep a 150% Genoa on the forestay at all times - roller reefing, although not ideal in heavy air, does provide some versatility. The inner forestay also accommodates a staysail for use during really heavy weather.
06-29-2007 01:20 PM
I guess the major issue is how often you change headsails, and whether you want to have separate sheets for each headsail or not.
If you go with the single continuous line, I hope you don't change headsails too often, since removing them and re-attaching them is a bit of a PITA. If you like using a single sheet and the way it is less likely to snag when tacking or gybing, you could get separate sheets for each headsail.
Separate sheets are easier to use if you change headsails often and can usually be flipped end-for-end to help even out the wear and chafe—something a single long sheet can't do. They do tend to snag a bit more on shrouds and inner stays.
06-29-2007 01:15 PM
The only downside I see in using a single line would be when you need to change the head sail, presuming you are using a the larkshead knot.
06-29-2007 12:57 PM
I've got two separate 9/16" doublebraided sheets with bowlines now - but when I do replace the worn lines later this season, it will be with one continuous line secured to the clew with a larkshead knot.
The single reason for this decision is to avoid the inevitable snags I get with my inner forestay, whenever tacking.
BTW, this topic was discussed in several threads recently and a while back.
06-29-2007 12:49 PM
Genoa/Jib Sheets - one continuous or two?
I'm replacing my Genoa sheets and the current sheets are one continuous line slipped through it's own loop at the clew. I was going to put the replacement as separate strands tied with bowlines which is how I've typically done it.
Got to thinking, how do most of you choose to rig your genoa and/or jib sheets? Any strong proponents one way or another? One thing for sure is the single line sure doesn't want to losen at the clew to get it off! Bowlines at least can release easier with no load...