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Labatt has nailed the problems with a preventer.
The Dutchman Boom Brake line on my boat starts at the starboard chainplate, runs up to the boom brake and through it, and then down to the port chainplate. At the port chainplate, it runs through a ratchet block and back to a Spinlock Powercleat, by the cockpit. Once through the PowerCleat, it runs through a turning block, attached to the cockpit railing, and that allows it to lead to the port-side genoa winch, in case I need more tension on the line. Generally, I don't use the winch to tension it.
If you looked at the link I posted, the first photo shows the Boom Brake line very clearly... it is the black line going from the chainplates to the brake and back down. You can't see the run back to the PowerCleat because of the curvature of the cabin top and the angle of the camera viewpoint.
I don't know where you are getting the idea that the Dutchman Boom Brake requires six lines crossing the cabin top. It has three, just like the Scott Boom Lock, although the lines are not the same.
The Dutchman Boom Brake has:
Port Chainplate to Boom Brake
Boom Brake to Starboard Chainplate
Starboard Chainplate to cockpit.
However, these are all the same line.
The Scott Boomlock has:
Port Chainplate to Boomlock
Boomlock to Starboard Chainplate
Control line from Boomlock, forward along boom to mast, down mast, and then back to cockpit.
These are two different lines. The Brake line itself, which are the first two listed, and the Control Line, which is the last one listed.
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