Chafe

When running downwind, it is usual to hold out the jib using the spinnaker pole or the whisker pole.m_DSC02915

The sheet ‘works’ across the end of the pole as it stretches and this, over a period of time can badly damage the sheet.m_Chafe

Our solution was to ‘serve’ some dymeema outer sleeving over the sheet so that the pole end works on a more durable and replaceable material.

To apply the sleeving it is necessary to use a fid and to keep the sheet in tension to minimise the diameter.

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Sew a messenger loop into the end of the sheet, attach a line and feed into a large fid.

 

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Pull into the fid and tension.
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Keeping the sheet in tension, slide the sleeving over the fid and sheet.

The sleeving will then slide over the fid and onto the sheet.

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With the sheet in tension, the sleeving slides freely.

The sleeving is then sewn and whipped in place.

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The sleeving is then knotted into the clew bowline.

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Sleeving secured in the bowline.

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