Originally Posted by casey1999
Concerning getting hit by the boom, why is the boom so low? Realize one would loose some sail area, but raising the boom a foot or two could mean the difference between life or death. Some boats have booms that are high enough to not be a danger, others are below head height when standing in the cockpit. I am considering when I make replacement sails to raise the boom up a foot, to clear my head.
Pros and cons?
Many 1980's boats had lower booms and smaller dodgers.
Race boats will have lower booms (and no dodger) for the sail area.
One downside to raising the boom is that it raises the CofE of the main, increasing the tenderness of the boat. That is mitigated somewhat by a smaller sail area assuming you do not g with a tall rig.