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.

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


Pull into the fid and tension.
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.

With the sheet in tension, the sleeving slides freely.

The sleeving is then sewn and whipped in place.


The sleeving is then knotted into the clew bowline.

Sleeving secured in the bowline.

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