I somehow missed that sneider has already made my point.
A point that was raised earlier is that the entire stress is shared by the tack and the clew. That is fine if you have end of boom sheeting. If you have mid-boom sheeting, I would be cautious about placing all the stress one way on the ends and the opposite direction in the middle; particularly on a jibe.
Last edited by LazyGuy; 11-19-2006 at 07:31 PM.