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post #6 of Old 01-29-2012
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Would tend to agree that going to the boom may create issues that it might be better to avoid. (Stress on gooseneck from banging sail, boom perhaps safer lashed in place in nasty conditions...easier (and safer) to gybe (especially accidentally) without it.) As an aside, we had friends who crossed the Indian Ocean to S.Africa. They had to wait 3 days outside a closed harbor in a storm, circling on their 50' wooden schooner with tankers on every side doing the same thing. Nerve wracking in seas that were big enough to lift a 1000' tanker from mid-channel (if it had entered the channel) and deposit it 200 feet over, on the breakwaters.
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