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View Poll Results: Do you rig a gybe preventer for running downwind?
Yes, we always rig one when going downwind 9 19.15%
Yes, we rig one for longer periods downwind, but not for short runs 25 53.19%
We only rig one in the ocean, when there's a swell 5 10.64%
We have a boom brake so don't need to rig a separate preventer 8 17.02%
No, we never bother, we just keep our heads down 4 8.51%
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Our boat has a preventor which is double blocked per side to a deck fitting. One side has to be released in order to move the boom. It took a while to get used to it, but now I always leave it connected all the time but especially when on autopilot.
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Re: Poll about gybe preventer - when do you use one?

Looks like we're in the most popular category:Yes, we rig one for longer periods downwind, but not for short runs.

I've got to get our snatch blocks and lines and spend about 5 mintues rigging, which we typically don't do unless we're travelling and expect to spend a decent amount of time heading down wind with the autopilot on. If we're on a short run or just daysailing and are not using the autopilot, I find it is fairly easy to prevent a gybe with with good helm work.
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Re: Poll about gybe preventer - when do you use one?

We have a Wichard boom brake that I use when soloing. Last weeked, with a good crew and light winds, we rigged a preventer for wing-on-wing. So it depends.

I like the Wichard boom brake because it stays put and doesn't need any effort to use, and I don't have to leave the cockpit to use it. Preventers work better in very light winds, IMHO.

BillyRuffin has a premanent line on the boom. That allows you to set-up an end-boom preventer when your bom is already let-out. It's a nice setup - somebody earlier in the thread mentioned it too. You run a line forward from this boom line to a snatch block and then back to the stern clean. He really has a good setup.

But for now, the Wichard and occasional use of a temporary preventer works great.

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Re: Poll about gybe preventer - when do you use one?

Brad,

That's interesting, as I have the Wichard Gyb'Easy in a box ready to install. I might take the same approach, using a preventer still sometimes.

For the Gyb'Easy, which installation did you do? I'm think of the one where you have one control line back to the cockpit, and the two ends of the friction line stay fixed to the shrouds. (or more likely, to padeyes I'll install in the deck)
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Re: Poll about gybe preventer - when do you use one?

Agree with Simon. Had a boom brake on my old boat and was the first thing I added to the new one. Engage it whenever downwind.
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Re: Poll about gybe preventer - when do you use one?

Usually just run a line up the other side then back to the boom. Don't need to crawl up there to have to release it.
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Re: Poll about gybe preventer - when do you use one?

On passage offshore, we used a preventer anytime the wind was on the quarter, and have been especially careful have one in place at night.

For coastal sailing in moderate conditions, it is all too easy to become less rigorous, even though its probably even more important when sailing casually with inexperienced crew and passengers.

Keeping it simple and easy helps make sure it gets done. So, on a new (to us) boat sailing in variable conditions with guests at the helm, we are definitely going over to a gybe-easy, planning to actuate it conscientiously anytime the AWD is on the quarter.

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Re: Poll about gybe preventer - when do you use one?

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Brad,

That's interesting, as I have the Wichard Gyb'Easy in a box ready to install. I might take the same approach, using a preventer still sometimes.

For the Gyb'Easy, which installation did you do? I'm think of the one where you have one control line back to the cockpit, and the two ends of the friction line stay fixed to the shrouds. (or more likely, to padeyes I'll install in the deck)
Mark,

Not sure I know of another installation method besides running a line from the port midships cleat to the starboard midships cleat and looping it through the device.



Is there another option?

(I suppose we really used the preventer because I wasn't sure where the Gib'Easy was at the time. That and the experienced crew suggested a preventer. He probably didn't know I had the Wichard on board, errrr, somewhere.)

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Re: Poll about gybe preventer - when do you use one?

In the instructions there is an alternative installation, where you can leave the brake line installed all the time, and another line goes to a block under the boom, and then back to the cockpit. See page 3 in the manual :

http://www.wichard.com/documents/notice_gyb_easy.pdf

I am planning to try it.
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Re: Poll about gybe preventer - when do you use one?

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Looks like we're in the most popular category:Yes, we rig one for longer periods downwind, but not for short runs.

I've got to get our snatch blocks and lines and spend about 5 mintues rigging, which we typically don't do unless we're travelling and expect to spend a decent amount of time heading down wind with the autopilot on. If we're on a short run or just daysailing and are not using the autopilot, I find it is fairly easy to prevent a gybe with with good helm work.
As a follow-up to my initial response, I've posted a description and pictures of our preventer set-up on our blog here for anyone interested.

If you've got pictures of your set-up, do share please!
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