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post #13 of Old 02-28-2009
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IMHO, you're better off with the bulkier Dutchman boom brake. It has a much wider friction range adjustment

The real advantage of a brake over a preventer is that if the boat is accidentally knocked down, you don't have to release the brake for the boom to swing across the boat... With a preventer, you do. Also, you generally don't have to adjust a brake very much, where a preventer has to be moved for each tack—leaving you with a window where the unrestrained boom can do damage.

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