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Re: Crash jibe buffer

After multiple tries at various attach points for a preventer, decided that it was essentially a lousy idea, at least on my narrow boat: too much point load on the boom, boom would snap if buried, no good way to immediately release, etc. I have welded up a ladder device, similar to the one mentioned above. It's constructed of 1/2" 316 s.s. and attaches to a large plate I designed to spread loads out along the boom. There is no need for an elastic line that I can see as long as the sides of the working triangle are exactly equal. Using a piece of relatively stretchy 1/2" (old sheet) line should account for any minor discrepancies. Am going to install this in the spring and give up on trying to tie the boom off to something forward.
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