DelmarRey .....Actually thats a cheap version of a boom-break, which is not adjustable. it would depend on the weight of the boom for it to work properly. it would never stop or even slow my 16' boom w/ 625 SF of sail.
And if you look closely at the line in the link you can see the damage that has already occur'd to the line.
Of course its a cheap version, thats what makes it interesting. Whether it actually works or not, only time will tell but a couple of points...
Sinabada is a Whiting 37' sloop, judging by the pics I'm guessing that her boom would have to be somewhere around 16'. The Womboat is only 34' so I'd think that if it works for them it will work for us.
According to the user, adjustment to the brake is achieved by tensioning or loosening the line.
The yacht in question is routinely flogged up and down the Australian coast from Tasmania to Queensland. It's quite possible of course that the line in question is far from new.
SEMIJim Interesting solution, tdw. Thanks for passing that along. Do let us know how it works out.
I'm thinking of my chain plates and wondering how I'd secure one end of the line to one side and a block to the other. Then I'd have to install a padeye aft for the next block... and I'm not sure where, on our boat, I could put the cleat... I'd have to do it somewhat differently, and I'd have to buy some hardware in addition to the $13 figure eight, but it looks like one of the cleaner, less-expensive solutions I've seen.
$26.00 down here !! I figure that I can rig this as a test using stuff I have lying around already. If I'm happy with the result then I'll install a more permanent arrangement.
Interestingly enough Wichard have recently released this, which appears to work on the same principle.
I'm hoping to get a trial set up next weekend.