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    Posted: 15 Jan 14 at 8:10pm
Hi all,
So I tapered a set of spinny sheets up the other weekend but was unsure of how to best attach them so I went with 2 bowlines in the end for security reasons. I was wondering if anyone knew a better way to attach them because I found the 2 bowlines liked to catch around the front during gybes. Any ideas?
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Take the end through the cringle at corner of spinny sheet and then take the end around and through again. Put a figure of eight knot in the end and pull everything tight. Do the same on the other corner.

Also if it is catching at the front (the jib wire?) Then you need to improve your gybing so that the Spinny floats out in front of the boat as you go through the gybe.
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Personally I take the sheets through the cringle and tie a half hitch round the oppsite sheet - a fisherman's knot with the clew in the middle...
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Jim

Your method would work for an asymmetric spinnie (or for attaching jib sheets) while mine works for a symmetric spinnaker.

I wonder which type he has?
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Reading the OP; sounds like an asymmetric.

For my symmetric I was told a blindingly simple method that I was very unsure of, but to date they have never come undone.
Put a plain overhand knot in the end of the sheet, thread through the clew and then simply do an overhand back round the sheet pulling it tight to the stopper knot in the end. Very low profile and always the same length so your settings are the same every time you rig. 
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Your way works but mine seems to get the corner of the Spinny tighter into the end of the pole when the downhaul is pulled on.
Agree that original poster probably has an asymmetric.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Do Different Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Jan 14 at 11:09pm
Reading yours again Time Lord, I'm liking it. You use the figure eight to stop tight to the cringle, right?

I'll give it a tinker next time.  Thumbs Up
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Correct and I am not claiming it as mine as it was shown to me by a merlin supercrew.
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Yeah it is asymmetric. Thanks for the ideas guys
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I tapered mine the other way, with the thin bit in the middle, tying the fatter ends together in the boat. Then splice  an extra bit of string into the centrepoint of the tapered part to give a short tail and bowline that to the asymmetric. Even if you do run the sheet across the forestay on a gybe, there is nothing to catch. Jobs a good 'un.

Edited by fab100 - 16 Jan 14 at 11:59pm
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