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has anyone sailed with a hoyt jib boom and can they add some feedback. I have been loocking at retrofit kits from forespar and could use some insight.
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I found the one that I sailed on to be a real pain in the butt. Unlike a normal jib boom the Hoyt boom blocks the center of the foredeck at a fixed height making it difficult to move around the deck and handle docklines and anchoring gear. It also results in sail shaping that is at best only right at one narrow point of sail, just cracked off of a beat on the boat that I was sailing. Reaching and running the sail shape was awful. Given that you are already giving up performance by going down to a 90% jib (or less) with a high clew and tack sail shape becomes even more critical.

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