My current thinking is to put a soft eye into the ends of the sheets. These can be attached to the jib clew using a soft shackle. If a continous line is required, the ends of each sheet can be quickly passed through the eye of the other sheet, forming a very quick 'reef' style knot.
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Thread: Attaching a one piece jib sheet
27-04-12, 21:22 #41
27-04-12, 23:58 #42
We, apparently, use the worst of all worlds. We have a single sheet with the Alpine Butterfly, but we also have a short length of 8mm braid cowhitched to the clew of each sail. Both arms of the 8mm are then double sheet bended (????) into the eye of the butterfly. That way you don't have to pass the whole sheet through the clew (or itself) to change sails. Never had it slip or undo and it is easy to untie the double sheetbend. I guess a slightly neater way would be to eye splice a piece 10mm permanently through the clew of each headsail.
28-04-12, 16:23 #43
No one has yet suggested a Clove Hitch rather than a Cow Hitch
29-04-12, 04:42 #44Registered User
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29-04-12, 09:24 #45
With a furling genoa I now use single sheets tied on with bowlines, but on a previous boat with changeable fore sails I used a single sheet with a seized eye in the middle. Each sail had a short length of line tied to the clew with a seized bowline and this was attached to the sheet eye using a double sheet bend. This worked quite well, but if I ever went back to changeable fore sails, I think I would try Penton Hooker's system: it looks neater and simpler.
The idea of tying the sheet ends together in the cockpit to avoid them escaping is so obvious that I cannot imagine why I have never thought of it. People mention this being common practice in dinghies: are there any problems with trying this with bigger boats?µ
29-04-12, 10:12 #46
I use a method I saw advocated on here a year or two back. Spliced eyes in the sheet, which are attached to the genoa using soft rope shackles. Very strong quite easy to unfasten if needed, and do not snag on the babystay which was the problem with bowlines.