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eric clubley View Drop Down
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    Posted: 17 Apr 2011 at 6:32pm
I'm replacing my Genoa 1 sheets. I'd appreciate advice on:
 
  • length
  • diameter
  • composition

thanks

 
 
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Presumably you already have sheets so starting from there:
  • Length - are they long enough or too long? Are you likely to rig an inner forestay for a storm jib - if so they need to be longer.  Making one long sheet with a simple "bight and through" knot doesn't catch on the shrouds but you need to cut it when you end-for-end. Mine are each 11m.
  • Diameter - depends on your hands and winches.  Self-tailing winches have a preferred size - check with the maker.  Otherwise 12mm is reasonably comfortable though thinner is certainly strong enough.
  • Material - Dyneema or similar has little stretch and with your new class-legal laminate will reduce trimming but you pay for it.  Braid on braid is a lot softer on the hands and cheaper.
I reckon it boils down to whether the one who pays is the one who trims - if it is, get soft, thicker ropes for comfort - if not, then thin, hard, non-stretch is more efficient.

I once added up the replacement cost of sheets, halyards, control/reefing lines and had to quickly hide the result before the management saw it. 

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Post Options Post Options   Quote eric clubley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Apr 2011 at 8:52am
Thanks Alastair,
 
Really helpful. I took the old sheets off at the end of last year sailing (meaning to replace them) and they'v e gone astray; so I don't have the length, so your 11m is a good benchmark. I aim to fit as one length with a bight. I also don't have self-tailing winches.
 
I agree about getting CAPEX. I just say that it makes me safer...worked so far
 
thanks again
 
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