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post #19 of Old 12-30-2013
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Re: San Juan 7.7

Yes, 'twas the trip of a lifetime ... lost 7 pounds in 23 days. Dawn starts everyday, no lunches, very intense planning, sailing, and motor sailing. Different harbour each night ... extreme exhilaration. Boomkicker was invaluable for the many fast reefs demanded by the sudden 25 - 35 knot "fairweather" wind blasts on the outside of VI and down Juan de Fuca. This gizmo mounts best on the gooseneck side of the factory supplied boom vang. Carefully measure twice then cut once. Pick rod diameters which are not too stiff - seem to recall mine were 500's. Tried the 750's no good - too stiff. Proper size rods are critical. End of the boom should pull down with just a few pounds load. Make it too stiff and your boom vang will not work. Think you'll enjoy single handing like never before.

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