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Re: Poll about gybe preventer - when do you use one?
Most boats I sail do not have boom brakes, but I really like them.
I go wing on wing only when I have to. I prefer to broad reach and gybe.
Coastal waters, flat seas - do not use one. I pay attention to the foresail as soon as the clew drops I head up a little.
Blue water - a boom end preventer rigged to the foredeck back to the cockpit.
I would never use a kicking strap / boom vang as a preventer; that is not its purpose.
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