## Braided mainsheet

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• How long does the rope need to be to make a braided main sheet? What size of line is needed? 3/16? thanks, Bob DN4536
Message 1 of 5 , Nov 2, 2005
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How long does the rope need to be to make a braided main sheet?
What size of line is needed? 3/16?

thanks,
Bob
DN4536
• ... The standard line used (and by that I mean, the line that Ron Sherry uses ) is 3/16 Sta-Set (not the X , just the basic double-braid). I m thinking of
Message 2 of 5 , Nov 2, 2005
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--- "staggersnjaggs" <bob@f...> wrote:
> How long does the rope need to be to make a braided main sheet?
> What size of line is needed? 3/16?

The standard line used (and by that I mean, "the line that Ron Sherry
uses") is 3/16" Sta-Set (not the "X", just the basic double-braid).
I'm thinking of making a sheet out of 4mm (one metric size under
3/16") of Maffioli Swiftcord
(http://www.apsltd.com/Tree/d3000/e846.asp), but I haven't tried it yet.

I'm hoping someone else will give a definitive length. I honestly
forget how much line I started with when I made mine a couple of years
ago. I seem to remember Ron mentioned 61', and I think that I used 75'.

One important detail is to make the sheet "double ended" (i.e. the
same length of unbraided line at both ends). This has a couple of
1) You need less line to make sheet of a particular length because
almost half of the length (the two tails) is unbraided.
2) You can get double the use from the sheet because you can
reverse it when one end starts to wear.
3) The volume of rope in the cockpit is lower, so it stays out of
the way better.

I think item #1 is the reason my single-ended sheet used some much
more line than Ron's double-ended version, but I could be
mis-remembering the lengths...

Cheers,

Geoff S.
US-5156
• I think I heard 70 feet at some time. [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
Message 3 of 5 , Nov 3, 2005
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I think I heard 70 feet at some time.

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• ... What would I do without the Internet history! I just forund a post from when I was making my sheet where I report that I d ordered 75 of 3/16 Sta-Set:
Message 4 of 5 , Nov 3, 2005
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--- "geoff_sobering" <geoff_sobering@y...> wrote:
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> --- "staggersnjaggs" <bob@f...> wrote:
> > How long does the rope need to be to make a braided main sheet?

> I'm hoping someone else will give a definitive length. I honestly
> forget how much line I started with when I made mine ...

What would I do without the Internet history!

I just forund a post from when I was making my sheet where I report
that I'd ordered 75' of 3/16" Sta-Set:
http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/IceBoating/message/1177

FWIW, the URL to the photos of the chain-stitch knots has changed:
http://geoff-s.net/ice/BraidedDnMainsheet/index.html

Cheers,

Geoff S.
• Thanks for the help, -bob DN4536 ... From: IceBoating@yahoogroups.com [mailto:IceBoating@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of geoff_sobering Sent: Thursday, November
Message 5 of 5 , Nov 3, 2005
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Thanks' for the help,

-bob
DN4536

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Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2005 11:04 AM
To: IceBoating@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [IceBoating] Re: Braided mainsheet

--- "geoff_sobering" <geoff_sobering@y...> wrote:
>
> --- "staggersnjaggs" <bob@f...> wrote:
> > How long does the rope need to be to make a braided main sheet?

> I'm hoping someone else will give a definitive length. I honestly
> forget how much line I started with when I made mine ...

What would I do without the Internet history!

I just forund a post from when I was making my sheet where I report
that I'd ordered 75' of 3/16" Sta-Set:
http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/IceBoating/message/1177

FWIW, the URL to the photos of the chain-stitch knots has changed:
http://geoff-s.net/ice/BraidedDnMainsheet/index.html

Cheers,

Geoff S.

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