I got a new-to-me asym this summer, and have loved it. The issue is sheets
-- I've been using lines from my pile of spares, and while they have done the job, this winter I'd like to get "proper" sheets
On my 34' boat, my sheets need to be about 75 feet (each) to do an outside gybe, and they need to be 3/8" to work in my self-tailers. That's a LOT of line to work with! About 1/2 of the sheet (36 feet) is there for the gybe -- it's never loaded. And another 15 feet is always on the sail side of the winches, but heavily loaded.
This screams out for high tech line with the cover stripped off for 35' on one end and 15' on the other end, leaving 25' of thick rope
. A sweet setup for someone on a racer's budget
, but expensive overkill for a cruiser.
While conventional double-braid (Sta-Set, for instance) leaves a really sloppy, messy core
if you strip the cover, I've seen a lot of discussion on jib furling
lines about removing the core
from Sta-Set. I've never seen or used one like that, so I don't know what to expect.
SO, MY QUESTION: Can anyone comment on removing the core from double braid dacron for the unloaded "tail" of asym sheets? I realize that the loaded end probably can't be treated this way.
And, can anyone recommend alternatives short of high tech? APS has quoted me just under $500 for a set of high tech tapered sheets -- NOT! Three other off-the-wall options:
* Buy 1/4 double braid and some 3/8 cover (or strip from some 3/8 double braid) and add cover to the working portion. I'm afraid it won't "stick" very well, and end up moving around and bunching up on the winch
* Buy 1/4 or 5/16, and snake a piece of 1/8 flag halyard
(or similar) through the center to bulk up a portion. I'm afraid that will be hard to do and make a very stiff line (like the line near an eye splice)
* Buy 3/8 for the working part, and work in a piece of 3/16 or 1/4 into the end of the 3/8 in essentially a "long splice." I don't think the "splice" would have the minimal strength needed.
I'm probably over-thinking this and need to just go buy 3/8 and get over it. But thoughts would be appreciated!
Mill Creek, Annapolis