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post #31 of Old 02-05-2008
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Yes, the dutchman, once it is properly adjusted for the wind strength is basically a set and forget device. The main sail will come across the boat, unlike a boom rigged with a preventer, but it will do so in a relatively slow and controlled fashion, where no damage to people and rigging will occur. It also makes it very unlikely that the mainsail will capsize the boat, which can happen with a preventer that isn't released in time.

If you increase the tension on the Dutchman, the boom will effectively be slowed to the point that it might as well be on a preventer. But I generally don't recommend tensioning the boom brakeline that much... it really isn't necessary.

Originally Posted by chucklesR View Post
I've been using a preventer where I rig a block on a wire pennant to a forward cleat, run a line from the end of the boom to the block and then back to a winch. That keeps the main pulled forward and unable to accidentally jibe, then sometimes I run a line from the aft of the boom to an aft cleat to completely stabilize the boom/main (light and or puffy winds).

SD, is the dutchman better than that? I ask you 'cus you know my boat well enough to answer, and have a dutchman. I rigged my own because I wanted prevent, not brake - but it's a real hassle when I do want to jibe (have to re-rig it all over again).


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