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End boom sheeting is usually a fiddle block (4:1) or a triple block (6:1) which is shackled to a boom bail. Those with weird midboom sheeting wouldn't understand that... since they need to spread the load out to prevent breaking the boom.
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Have you looked in the mirror recently??? How was Memorial Day? How'd your son's graduation party go?
Thanks a lot Dog. Everything went good, had about 70 people here and had a great time. You and Gui missed it.

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I can't believe it's so hard to find a really good picture of the main sheet attachment to the boom via a boom bail. I guess it's something no one takes a picture of. In this pic, you can see that both the J-29 and the Tartan are rigged this way.

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Here's a better view of it... on a catamaran.

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Here's an even better view of it on my boom:

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I'm at the equator right now. That's why everything looks so sideways in that picture.
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Thanks for the pics. Just goes to show you, you can learn a lot on this site.

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At the risk of being wrong (yet again), I'm not sure your question got answered.

A boom bale (not "bail", which is done with a scoop or a pump) is a strap hanging from the boom (as shown in several posts above). It can serve as an anchor for a vang, or for the forward or aft part of a mainsheet rig.

But if you see a bale midway between the boom-end and mainsheet-lead blocks, then you just run the mainsheet through it as a safeguard against a slack mainsheet catching a thing or a crew during a jibe or a tack.

The intermediate bale prevents the mainsheet from drooping into the cockpit and catching your throat, or hat, or arm, or whatever, during a light-air jibe.

In the past, I've made intermediate bales out of duct tape. But then again, I'm a New Englander who's been down south too long, so I no longer fit in anywhere....;-)
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nola...You mean West and defender, schaeffer and ronstan catalina kenyon etc. etc. etc. are all spelling it worng? No similar definition for bale though there is some use on the net in this context.

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) - Cite This Source - Share This bail2 Audio Help /beɪl/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[beyl] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation –noun
1.the semicircular handle of a kettle or pail.
2.a hooplike support, as for the canvas cover on a Conestoga wagon.
3.a metal band or bar equipped with rollers for holding a sheet or sheets of paper against the platen of a printing press, typewriter, etc.

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