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Old 04-02-2008
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Boomed Staysail

The new Womboat is essentially cutter rigged. Double headsail sloop if you want to be picky about it.

The thing is that the staysail is on a boom. Self tacking, loose footed but boomed.

Why ?

Can anyone give me a good reason for the boom ? For the life of me I cannot see it's advantages while there are obviously a few negatives. Mainly it looks clumsy and it weighs a fair amount.

I guess the boom could be used as a hoist but other than that ?

Am I missing something here ?
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