I've seen cow hitched sheets causing the clew cringle to start to break out of sails due to them crushing the material against the metal as they pull up tight around it.
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Thread: Attaching a one piece jib sheet
26-04-12, 21:18 #21
26-04-12, 21:20 #22
Was to see if anyone knew they (Cow Hitch and Larks Foot) were the same.
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26-04-12, 21:55 #23
Cow hitches do seem to damage the sail, I have also seen them slip at the most inopportune moment. They can be a pig to get out the day you want to use it elsewhere, would not be my choice.
27-04-12, 06:58 #24Registered User
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Would anyone use a cow-hitch on something they cared about like a sail? As soon as it's under load it crushes the clew and once it's been wet it can often only be removed with the aid of a knife.
Since the idea is to preserve the integrity of the 70ft sheet why tie it in a manner that increases the likelihood of having to sever it?
27-04-12, 07:05 #25
27-04-12, 07:07 #26Registered User
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Keep it simple, no knots:
Hope that the above is self explanatory. Never let me down in over thirty years.
27-04-12, 07:10 #27
I have two eye splices in my sheets and attach them with the biggest bow shackle that I can get though the clew. Have to wear a head hat but I'm a builder so I'm used to that. Eye splices mean I can use the sheets for mooring lines too.
27-04-12, 07:23 #28
OK, but a shackle (especially a large one) on the clew can turn into a lethal weapon if the sail starts thrashing. A soft shackle made of a short length of Dyneema could be a safer option.
27-04-12, 07:33 #29
27-04-12, 07:45 #30