Wednesday, November 16, 2016

New Jib Sheets

About 50 nm from Bundaberg my starboard jib sheet decided it was tired and split in half. I was able to tie the ends together and make it into port. Of course, it is possible to sail with one jib sheet. You just furl, put the sheet on the appropriate side and unfurl. Not necessary in this case. Swapping sheets is also a good way to move the sheet blocks from the inside to the outside of the rail for going downwind.

I replaced the sheets. Unfortunately the previous sheets were "yacht braid." It has a very soft "hand" so it is easy to trim without gloves. Not so the new sheets.

In the year (I left Norfolk, VA on 11 November 2015) that I have been sailing to and in the Pacific I have been on port tack about 90% of the time due to the easterly trades. In retrospect it was not a surprise that it was the starboard sheet that failed. Prudence required replacing both.

Fair winds and following seas :)

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