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post #14 of Old 03-14-2007
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That will work fine in all but very heavy air cases, but I add the mechanical advantage in case of a situation that might crash gybe the boom, like weak winds but relatively high following seas, like from a front that's passed over but left a lot of slop behind. That sort of thing can roll the boat enough to turn the boom into a bam.

When sailing very broadly downwind, if I want to gybe/wear the boat smoothly, I'll use both rigged preventers instead of the mainsheet to transit the boom under some friction as I give a little nudge with my knees holding the tiller.

I've just found it's a nice way to handle things alone and I've transferred "the system" to the new, larger boat, although the boom is high enough that it's not half the hazard it was on the 33 footer...and I will have a pretty heavy traveller on the deck as opposed to the cabin top just aft of mid boom.
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