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10-07-2007 02:35 PM
sailingdog IMHO, it is more important to get the low stretch stuff for halyards, not so much for the sheets.

My reasoning is that you're constantly adjusting the sheets, so if they stretch a bit, you won't really notice, since you're constantly adjusting them. The halyards are generally fixed for much longer durations, and much harder to adjust, so any reduction of stretch in the halyards is going to be a much bigger and noticeable improvement IMHO.
10-06-2007 05:11 PM
soul searcher We are doing the same thing John, I wanted the sexy low stretch stuff but can't justify the price. I think we will just stick with stay-set.
ours are fuzzy with broken treads and the line is actually square were it goes through the cars. I'm thinking alittle stretch is good thing on a sheet, maye it will act as shock absorber in a puff. At least thats how I'm justifying
being a tight ass.
10-06-2007 09:22 AM
Originally Posted by soul searcher View Post
There's this boat we crew on for races that has the sharpest-lookin' dark blue with light blue flecks for his mainsheet... *sigh*

Like this Jim?
sexy stuff
That looks like it could be it. Yeah, "sexy stuff" indeed .

Originally Posted by soul searcher View Post
Not so sexy price
Yow! I don't think I'm gonna be buyin' that.

10-06-2007 08:55 AM
billangiep PB, reversing the sheets might put chafe in a different place. I use those cheap plastic shroud covers just where my sheets come in contact with the them.
10-06-2007 07:16 AM
PBzeer Ah, enlightenment.
10-06-2007 03:39 AM
Originally Posted by PBzeer View Post
Or is it something that isn't that big a deal?
That's my take... The cover is not the "strength" part of a double-braid line; it's mainly used to protect the core, make it easy to grip, and help the line hold well on winches. If your sheets are getting fuzzy it's OK until the cover begins to fray and show the core. If you have purchased new sheets you can keep the old ones for emergency spares (which means you have not wasted your money on new sheets).
10-06-2007 12:37 AM
sailaway21 PB,
You need a project!

The indispensable Don Casey has just the one for you, after you purchase your new, pretty or otherwise, sheets. On page 64 of his, "100 Fast and Easy Boat Improvements" book he describes "rigging rollers".

Basically, go down to Home Marina and pick up appropriately sized oak half round in about six foot lengths. Use a router to hollow out the inside to the dimension of your rod rigging, seal and coat appropriately, you've cut a groove in each end and use sail twine to secure the two halves together over your rod rigging and you now have a roller that reduces chafing on sheets and sails. You put a split stainless steel washer atop your turnbuckle to act as a 'bearing" for the roller to spin on top of the turnbuckle as necessary. With your finishing skills these could look pretty handsome and very "shippy".

If you get a suitable sailing companion, tell her to bring her router! (g)
10-05-2007 12:57 PM
tenuki whoa, that's some sexy expensive sh_t. I was drooling over salsa line before I got the
regatta braid
. I'm a sucker for the softer lines for sheets.
10-05-2007 12:43 PM
soul searcher There's this boat we crew on for races that has the sharpest-lookin' dark blue with light blue flecks for his mainsheet... *sigh*

Like this Jim?
sexy stuff Not so sexy price
10-05-2007 12:21 PM
tenuki paraphrasing that famouse SNL line..

"It is more important to _look_ good than to _sail_ good!"
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