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Old 25-05-2015, 18:50   #1
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Main sheet length

I have about 15 extra feet on my main sheet and it's getting annoying.

Am I overlooking something, shouldn't the main sheet be long enough so you can boom out on a run so sail is at spreaders, then keep enough main sheet to use from for most cockpit location and cut the rest?


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Old 25-05-2015, 19:34   #2
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Old 25-05-2015, 21:54   #3
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Re: Main sheet length

I ALWAYS buy lines that are too long. Even if I am replacing a line that I know is the right length. That way when I instal it I can go sailing and measure it in place and then cut it.

I have two thoughts...

1) cut the extra, you don't need it.
2) have you removed purchase from the main sheet? That may account for having this much extra.
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Old 26-05-2015, 00:08   #4
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Re: Main sheet length

It's up to you. Having some extra length you can cut away wear and tear of the boom end..
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Old 26-05-2015, 04:17   #5
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I'd suggest coiling.
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Old 26-05-2015, 05:07   #6
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Re: Main sheet length

Consider keeping the extra for doing odd, other jobs. Hauling dinghy aboard? Recovering MOB?
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