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post #24 of Old 03-29-2013
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Re: Wind indicator NOT for mast top

When I'm running, I'll sense the critical point when the sails tell me that the main may get backwinded. A lot of that depends on how much the boat is veering with a following sea. Looking at the Windex, I'll get a point I don't want to pass and use it as a reference point. If it's really rough, I'll tack downwind so as to never get too close. I just made up a boom brake that I'm going to install asap. Am hoping it works. I've tried preventers but have not had good luck in getting one rigged up right. There's just no place to attach up forward to get enough angle to stop the boom. Also, I don't like the idea of burying the boom with a preventer attached. My old scow has a pretty large main and a long boom so wing and wing with the main requires CONSTANT attention. Am also putting in an inner forestay with running backstays which should allow me to set a storm jib AND set poled out wing and wing headsails.

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