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Jib/Genny sheet question

1628 Views 11 Replies 8 Participants Last post by  cyclebear
So I am going to have a jib bag customer made with a drainage screen at the very btoom. I will have the jib haylard raise it above deck when I am gone (stuff when I am there but flake and store in jib bag when I am gone). Just curious on the jib sheets though. Would I want to disconnect those and keep in the cabin or have them just go up and into the jib bag when gone? If it is more common to disconnect them when leaving, can one use lets say a piston shackle to connect to the clew instead of having to tie a new bowline twice each weekend? Not that tying a bowline is hard but just thinnking of ease.
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Tying a bowline takes time? The sheets should be removed and hung up neatly coiled below decks. If they are dry perhaps they could be coiled and placed in the jib bag. My cruising budget, although huge, does not have room for leaving any running rigging out in the sun. Apparently some sailors like moldy sunburnt lines, I hate them as much as spending hundreds of dollars buying new ones.
I don't think that hitch is recommended. (Are we being trolled here?) With good new line it will slip. With age it will never come undone. It's other drawback is it hangs up on the shrouds exceptionally well. Oh and it's not sailorly, that's why it's called an Aussie hitch (Heh). If for some reason (??) you cannot cut the line into two sheets at least tie a bowline on a bight.
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