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Old 11-20-2011
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Is there any reason why I should not remove it?

Thanks to all of you who helped me identify this thing. The previous owner added roller furling to this boat and I am very happy just sailing with the mainsail and the furling jib. I would like to remove this so the foredeck is clear and my guests could use the space to sit or lie on. Any good reasons to keep it in place?
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I can't think of any reasons to keep it, not on a Coronado 27.
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everyone here is right and it looks very similar to the Hoyt jib boom found on many Island Packett cutter's its too bad you dont have the actual boom that hooks on there, it makes sailings simple
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If you are just learning to sail - leave it, you can always remove it later. You may find you like the concept of self tacking. It is not hard to rig a small roller furling jib and a boom to try the concept. Used or temporary gear is not expensive. The rig works quite well if you need a small headsail due to heavy winds or if you do lots of short tacks in or out of a tight channel. You may not like it if you do not sail in restricted areas or if the wind is always light. Folks either love or hate self tacking. Down side is smaller headsail and a boom that moves around on the foredeck. Upside is an extra hand for other things when tacking.
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