Boom Preventer or Not?
Well, I just got back from delivering the boat back up to SF from Monterey. It was a phantastic 2 days of sailing, ending with a nice run into the bay to Berkeley, where we keep the boat.
This time, I rigged a preventor, from the end of the boom to a hefty eye amidships (typically used for the afterguy blocks). I used 10.5mm dynamic climbing rope I had. This is great stuff in that it''s build to give a bit (e.g. absorb a fall and not tear the bolts out of a wall). This setup seems to have worked great. The only improvement missing is to run the end of the line through a cam-cleat instead of tying it off as I did, which really isn''t fast enough to undo.
One question: has anybody ever tried to make this a double-ended system by using a block at the end of the boom instead of tying a knot there? Pros/Cons?