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Re: Crash jibe buffer
All sail boats over 30' should be manditorially fitted with a Dutchman boom break, Any boat I own will have one.
I sort of agree. However, our boom is about 7 - 8 ft above the cockpit. You could still rip it off at the gooseneck with an accidental jibe in rough conditions, but you're much less likely to whack someone in the head.
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