What’s your preference?
Here is a question… how do you like to secure the jib or genoa sheets to the sail?
I suppose the classic method is to use a couple of bowlines, and I’m not sure there’s anything wrong with that. On ZTC, when we replaced the original sheets with nice new Dyneema, we opted to use one long piece of line instead of two shorter ones, and we attached the middle of that line to the clew with a constrictor hitch. I believe that some people do a similar thing but use a cow hitch instead. While that would be much easier to tie, I had heard reports of that knot slipping when used in that application though which is why I opted for one that is known to be more secure.
On Frost, when we picked up the boat, we found that the genoa sheet was also one long piece of line. There was a sewn eye in the middle, and that loop was attached to the sail with a beautifully-spliced soft shackle made of 3-strand nylon. But speaking of slipping, I wrote about how, during our passage to Trinidad, the sewn eye in the middle of the genoa sheet broke, and the line ended up slipping when under load. As you might guess, that caused us a bit of drama, and it happened in the dark, of course. I managed to fix it while still underway by tying a figure eight on a bight in the middle. I re-secured that knot to the clew with the same soft shackle. The only modification I have made since that time is to swap the original soft shackle for one constructed of Amsteel that I put together myself.
So, what’s your preference, and why? Curious minds want to know.