Originally Posted by Fotoman
... I have a 150% genoa on a furler
. Hiw long should the sheets be? I've heard 1.5 the lenght of the boat. Is this correct?
For the working jib
only, you need just slightly more than the length of your boat for each sheet.
For genoas, figure 1.5 times boat length.
If you have a staysail, add in some extra length to accommodate the staysail stay.
Some folks even recommend that sheets be long enough to go from the clew on the leeward side, around the mast
to the winch
on the windward side of the boat, with at least 8 feet of line as a tail piece in the cockpit
for pulling the sheet back for tacking.