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Headsail sheets

After you are done sailing for the day, do you coil up your sheets and store them at the bow pulpit to keep them from laying on the deck getting stepped on and gathering dirt? Do you worry that the headsail might unwrap itself in heavy winds?
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After you are done sailing for the day, do you coil up your sheets and store them at the bow pulpit to keep them from laying on the deck getting stepped on and gathering dirt?
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Do you worry that the headsail might unwrap itself in heavy winds?
In 3 hurricanes and one tropical storm, the only damage to boats I've seen at my marina was due to peoples' headsails unrolling and flogging themselves to shreds. When you roll up the jib, be sure you keep a little tension on the sheet while you're rolling it up, to ensure that the roll will be tight. Cleat the furling line properly. I have seen many experienced sailors who either don't know how to properly cleat a line, or who don't bother. Sometimes they just throw a loose cleat hitch on it. If you expect a major storm, either strip off the sail, or at least wrap an extra halyard around it in a spiral the opposite way from the way it's furled, to prevent the wind from tugging an edge loose. If I've done those things, then I don't worry about it.
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Re: Headsail sheets

I do not store them at the bow. I leave the sheets rigged, coiled and hung from the lifeline at the cockpit.

I do that to keep better tension on the sheet to prevent wind from unfurling the sail.
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Another thing I see are those Flemish cute spirals made from tails. They lie flat so collect dirt and water doesn't drain. Better to make figure 8s or get the twist out and just dump the line. Ugly but better for that expensive line.
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Re: Headsail sheets

For me it depends on how long the boat will be sitting, anything more than a few days they come off and the cover gets hoisted over the headsail. IF it was going to be a few weeks I'd completely remove the sails, mostly because of spiders. Spider crap is nasty stuff to get off sails.
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Another thing I see are those Flemish cute spirals made from tails. They lie flat so collect dirt and water doesn't drain. Better to make figure 8s or get the twist out and just dump the line. Ugly but better for that expensive line.
... and those nice tidy 'coils' are, coincidentally, considered to be ideal 'toilets' by any otters that may hang around your dock. Perfect little piles nicely centered

We take several turns around the furled jib, then add enough tension against the cleated furling line to keep the sheets off the deck. Our sheet length is such that there's no real 'tail' leftover to worry about at that point.

For the serious offseason we take the jib off the furler and store sheets below. If we get lucky enough to get away, we'll rig the boat to go, then de rig the headsail again at the end of the day.

March thru October we leave her ready to rumble..

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Re: Headsail sheets

We put a couple of turns of line around the furled jib and leave the sheets tensioned on the self tailing winches. I've seen a number of furling jibs shredded when left with a piece of sail exposed enough to be caught by a squall.

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Re: Headsail sheets

Hey,

As others have mentioned I leave the sheets run back to the cockpit (snugged up on the self tailing winches). I also tie a small line around the furled headsail so that even if the furling like breaks the sail can't unroll.

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Re: Headsail sheets

Had some 50 kts. winds here a couple weeks ago and there must have been a dozen sails shredded, a friend sent me a photo of a Catalina 309 that was sitting broadside to the winds and it shredded the headsail AND the inmast main. People get REAL complacent about the weather in San Diego.
I coil the sheets on the bow pulpit when away from the boat for more than a day, besides measures others have mentioned I've recently started using a jib sleeve from ATN that also prevents unfurling.

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Re: Headsail sheets

"I have seen many experienced sailors who either don't know how to properly cleat a line, or who don't bother. Sometimes they just throw a loose cleat hitch on it."

What is the proper way to cleat a line? I thought it was by tying a cleat hitch?

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