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Old 05-20-2011
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One can break a boom with end boom too! Been there done that!

The nice thing about end boom and placement by the wheel, it is easier for the typically one person sailing the boat if a couple is on board if all the sheet lines are lead to the steering position, or close by.
One can also use a smaller ratio for ease of handling sheets, a mid boom may need 6-1, vs end boom 4-1. Or the 6-1 will work easier on the end vs middle........

I personally prefer the end boom, or at least something accessible in the cockpit vs on the cabin top, yeah it does take up some cockpit room, but not enough to say, I want the traveler on the top of the cabin.

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