Thanks for the Reminder that Booms + Heads Hurt
Thanks for the post.
Just reminds/reinforces my decision some time ago that in addition to the pfd's that everyone on my boat must wear always, a bicycle safety helmut must be on my head whenever I'm out solo and the wind velocity is greater than light.
My boom is high enough that a boom+head collision is impossible for me or a passenger in the cockpit, unless standing full up on the seats.
Unless he/she is an experienced sailor, passengers aren't allowed out of the cockpit onto the upper deck without me first accessing fully the risk in relation to wind velocity, heel, and the point of sail. But when soloing, I'll sometimes turn on the auto pilot for a moment or two to do something at the mast or forward. Never when running with the wind however. Having a helmut on is added insurance that if I miscalculate or become inattentive, its unlikely that I'll ever be knocked unconcious.