No need to "tie my boom out of the way on deck", use the boom vang to secure the boom amidships. It may have been set up that way, but then was it ever used "offshore" and off of the Cape of Good Hope?
I keep imagining having to work up on deck and trying to get that sail up and hauling out the clew to the back of the boom, deck heaving, rolling, strapped in, cold, tired, hungry, all kinds of other stuff going on....probably yelling to the wife..."head up into the wind", waves crashing all around, lines all about the deck, mainsail falling around your head, trying to secure the blowing main, winching in the clew, holding on with one hand, cold, wet.....The rig probably is very robust, but why put it at risk when you don't have too?
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