Main Sheet Knot

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Main Sheet Knot

Postby GleamB » Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:03 pm

New sailor with new, to me, Daysailer.
I know that you must tie a figure 8 knot at the end of the main sheet. My question is, do you tie the knot so that the boom stops just shy of the shrouds??
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Re: Main Sheet Knot

Postby GreenLake » Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:48 pm


That's the most convenient place.

Also, there's no need for much tail beyond that knot, so you can trim your sheet if necessary. Sometimes it's OK to leave a bit of a handlhold length after the stopper knot so you can be sure to be able to pull it away from the cleat again, but when the main is all the way out, the sheet usually isn't loaded heavily (unless you are sailing downwind at rather high winds). Even then, it's easy enough to take tension off the sheet by grabbing it on the other side of the swivel block.
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