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post #11 of 14 Old 02-27-2009
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Has anyone tried making their own gybe - eze. They work on the same principle that a figure eight for rapelling uses. I have thought about trying a figure eight on mine but haven't gotten around to it yet.
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Has anyone tried making their own gybe - eze. They work on the same principle that a figure eight for rapelling uses. I have thought about trying a figure eight on mine but haven't gotten around to it yet.
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I've thought the same thing, the Gybe-eze just gives multiple friction settings were a figure 8 only gives one option.

A brakebar like rescue teams and cavers use might also be an option and it would allow you to increase or decrease friction based on wind speed.

I do think the price of the Gybe-ez is incrediably high for a belay device and a piece of "special rope".

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IMHO, you're better off with the bulkier Dutchman boom brake. It has a much wider friction range adjustment

The real advantage of a brake over a preventer is that if the boat is accidentally knocked down, you don't have to release the brake for the boom to swing across the boat... With a preventer, you do. Also, you generally don't have to adjust a brake very much, where a preventer has to be moved for each tack—leaving you with a window where the unrestrained boom can do damage.

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I have a spare boom brake. Smaller, cheaper, simpler than the others. You can PM me if you need info.

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