We have a factory installed Hoyt Jib Boom on our Alerion Express 28. It's the nuts for single-handed sailing!!!
- It allows the boat to point higher than with a regular jib.
- It's smaller than a regular jib.
- If you're flying a smallish (135%) Genoa and have roller furling, you should be able to use the jib boom in an emergency/unexpected increase in wind speed.
- With ours, the weight of the boom doesn't allow running wung out in wind speeds less than 10-12kts (we don't have the optional extender/preventer).