(Source: West Marine Rigging)
Some of you may have seen our “integrated” soft shackle on a halyard in the past. We recently had a customer looking to use it in a new capacity, so we made some trial pieces, tested them, and have now sent them out to be used. We will post pictures of them in use in the future.
They are pigtails for asymmetrical spinnaker sheets. Having a pigtail on your sail helps the sail around the headstay in an inside jibe. The classic setup is a strop off the sail that the two sheets shackle onto. This certainly accomplishes the job, but we figured it would be much better if it was all dyneema, with minimal “bumps”, shackles or obstructions to bind up. We came up with the Y pigtail, using integrated soft attachments 3 or so feet up the legs so that when the Y came to the headstay, it was all just dyneema core.
|The whole assembly gets “luggage tagged” onto the sail.|
|The two legs brummel together into one leg going to the sail.
|Each sheet, with just an eye in the end ( NO HARDWARE!) gets attached with the integrated soft attachment|