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02-25-2010 10:00 AM
bubb2 Nothing will curl the leech of a head sail faster in light air than the weight of over-sized sheets. A curled leech will cost boat speed. With out boat speed it is hard to keep the slot open and the leech from curling. Do you see the downward spiral here? 1/2 inch is big enough! IMHO
02-25-2010 09:51 AM
sailingdog And are lighter and less expensive.
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Originally Posted by zz4gta View Post
No reason on earth to have anything bigger than 1/2" on any reasonable sized boat. A single braid (salsa, apex, etc) for the furler in 5/16 or 3/8 would work really well. I'd probably use 3/8 or 7/16 for jib sheets. Always go as small as possible that you can still handle well. Smaller lines run better and hockle less.
02-25-2010 09:27 AM
zz4gta No reason on earth to have anything bigger than 1/2" on any reasonable sized boat. A single braid (salsa, apex, etc) for the furler in 5/16 or 3/8 would work really well. I'd probably use 3/8 or 7/16 for jib sheets. Always go as small as possible that you can still handle well. Smaller lines run better and hockle less.
02-24-2010 05:51 PM
MedSailor Don't have a furler (yet), so won't try to speak to that. For your jib sheets if you like the larger line because it's easy to handle, than stick with it. I have HUGE job sheets on my new boat as well and while I find them easy to hang on to I can only get 3 wraps around the winch, and with our monster headsail in high winds I find that isn't enough. I'll be downsizing the sheets in order to be able to get another wrap on the winch.

Whatever you do, make sure you don't change the size too much if you have self tailing winches. You don't want to find that your new line won't work with the ST winches.

Medsailor
02-24-2010 05:28 PM
sailingdog BTW, I'd stick with 1/2 for the genny sheets. Have you tried tying knots in 5/8" line... not much fun and the knots are really heavy and pack a wallop.
02-24-2010 05:13 PM
MARC2012 Have ordered some dacron line very reasonable,should arive in day or so will post.marc
02-24-2010 11:58 AM
KnightsDream Thank you all for the help.....
02-23-2010 09:38 PM
sailingdog Sta-SetX is way too stiff for sheets IMHO.
02-23-2010 09:11 PM
Shortman I am real fond of NE Ropes Sta-Ste & Sta-SetX. 1/2" methinks would be plenty for genoa sheets. NE ropes website has a great sizing/type chart for applications on board; halyards, sheets, travellers, etc.
02-23-2010 01:24 PM
pdqaltair
Some thoughts...

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I am replacing some lines on my 41 Morgan OI and would like some help. I need to replace the line on the roller fuller drum it is now a ¼” line and it is a bit hard to roll up so I want to increase the size any suggestions on size and type or manufacture "I can put up to a ½” line", Second one of my jib lines has some fraying it is ¾” I have been told by a few friends the lines are too big I like the size and it is easy to hold onto, but the question is what type of line would you use and why?
First, does the drum turn easily by hand? If not, there is another problem.

3/8-inch line sounds fine - that is the I have - but the core was removed so that it still fits the drum. If you up-size you may find the the drum will not hold all of the line. Most chandleries will remove the core for you for a modest fee. Only remove the core from the portion that is on the drum when the sail is out, and perhaps even a bit less than that.
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