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    Posted: 23 May 2011 at 12:03pm
Hi All,

Any advice on spiny sheet sizes - I understand two boat lengths is good length, but what about diameter?


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You are probably looking at a compromise between handling comfort, weight and price.  I use 12mm braid on braid guys - fit the ST main winches nicely, came with the boat but stretch more than I would like; 10mm dyneema sheets - fit the aft winches nicely, little stretch, retails at over £5/m(!); and 8mm braid on braid from Lidls as light weather sheets - cheap as chips when they have it.
Hope that helps.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote gregcope Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2011 at 2:18pm
Thanks Alastair.

I was thinking 10mm or 8mm, would have thought 12mm is a bit too heavy, but nice to handle (have that for my geny sheets).

Did not know Lidls did rope... need to keep a lookout!
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Dyneema is the way to go for the Guys as it has little stretch thus preventing the pole from hitting the forestay on a close reach. The diameter needs to be such that it is comfortable to handle and also is correct for the winch - assuming your Primary winches are ST type.
The Sheets are less important ie you could use braid on braid which is much cheaper and the stretch acts as a shock absorber.
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