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Old 19-09-2018, 07:09   #1
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Location: Mangareva, French Polynesia
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Nylon Sheets for Downwind Sailing

Iím ashamed that itís taken me this long to figure this out! Iím sure this will be a familiar scenario: youíre sailing along on a long down-wind leg and the breeze starts to drop out. Before long the boat starts to roll erratically. Each roll knocks the wind out of the genoa and then it re-fills on the return with a BANG that feels like itís about to rip the track right out of the deck. Well, itís taken many years and literally hundreds of hours of enduring this before my brain finally engaged. We use nylon for anchor snubber and nylon for dock lines because it is strong and, most importantly, stretches. The stretch absorbs shock loads in those applications. So I took a dock line, tied it onto the genoa clew and wow! What a difference. End of boat destruction noises, a better nightís sleep. Why on Earth didnít I think of this sooner?!

Only problem is chafe. The line stretches by a good 5 inches with a big shock load so itíll chafe on anything at all given half a chance. Running it through the end of a pole seems to be particularly damaging. Until now Iíve just cut off the end of the line every thousand miles or so but Iím going to try and get a bit of hose on there somehow for the next passage.......... 3,500 miles to Mauritius. Should be a fair test.
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