Boom Preventer or Not?
I am wondering about the pro''s and con''s of using a preventor. We own a 40footer, which we race quite a bit. So far, we''ve never used a preventor, since it would be just one more line to deal with during gybes, which are hassle enough with a dip-pole chute set-up.
Recently, we did an overnight race (SF to Monterey). It being a run nearly all the way, we were flying the chute. It was blowing about 16-20kn, and during an accidental gybe at 1:00AM (swells on the quarter) we wrapped the mainsheet around the binnacle and tore it off the cockpit floor. Pretty scary stuff. We recovered, hooked the emergency tiller up, stopped flying the chute, and continued on.
Anyhow, after the race, this brought up a lively discussion about whether to use a preventor or not, with the crew about evenly split. I am in general on the ''not'' side, hating the thought of what a preventor would do during a broach, etc.. Any thoughts?