Originally Posted by SHNOOL
Maybe it's just me, but I am not a big fan of preventers...
I sail shifty air a lot, and 90 degree shifts are commonplace. A preventer would keep the boom on the correct side, but perhaps at an exaggerated angle to the wind, causing excess heel, or worse broach.
Ah the pleasures of inland sailing... Just ONCE I would love to have some directionally stable wind without too many puffs so that I can play with sail controls more and see their effects with stable wind. Alas, it's not to be where I sail most often. Oh well! I've got lots of practice playing the mainsheet and traveler though!