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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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post #21 of 23 Old 08-21-2012
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Re: Poll about gybe preventer - when do you use one?

As most posters replied, we only rig one for long runs - which honestly isn't very often. I prefer a running reach especially when the winds build and jibing periodically.

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

I use the Wichard boom brake. Used to use a "Rescue - 8 carabiner" but not as strong as the Wichard.
I do a lot of long distance sailing and the brake has saved my bacon a few times. The reason is that its permanently attached and therefore always ready to be applied.

I started using the Rescue-8 about 20+ years ago, after I was single handing and got knocked unconscious into the cockpit ... and the boat merrily sailed along for the next few hours.

Only problem with a brake or preventer is that one tends to keep the main up too long with additional sail area exposed/over-canvassed for the conditions ... a good way to break a boom if it 'dips' into the ocean when at the higher speed.

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

I rig a preventer when going downwind. This spring I didn't during a sail, and almost clocked myself with an accidental jibe. I will do it from now on...
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