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I'm a bit lazy, so when I'm sailing downwind in in light air I just take the end of a jib sheet (or any handy line) and lash the boom to a stantion or cleat; this generally provides enough protection and keeps the main from floundering about. I also have a 4 to 1 preventer for use in heavier winds, but usually it's overkill and not worth the effort.
On a side note...I recently added a boom kicker and I gotta tell ya, it is the coolest thing ever.