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post #10 of Old 04-22-2010
chrondi
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When the boom is amidship the boat is in a better balance (i.e. there is less oscillation to port and starboard) and you have easier access to the mainsail and thus can readily intervene. When the boom hangs out both mainsail and ropes are out of reach and you can shake neither to free a jammed piece on the rigging.
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