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Ilikeboatin 02-28-2007 04:41 PM

Helmets and sailing
What are everyone's thoughts about helmets and sailing? I've taken a few hard hits from the boom over the years and I'm starting to look at wearing a helmet. What do you think?

Freesail99 02-28-2007 04:47 PM

What kind of helmuts do you have in mind ? Nascar, football, the list goes on ......... :)

sailingdog 02-28-2007 05:15 PM

It may be a very good idea, as most of the serious injuries, at least according to the Safety At Sea seminar I attended last year, were either boom or MOB related. Probably want to go with something like a rock-climbing or hockey helmet, rather than a cycling one...

The other option is having the boom raised a bit on your boat... so that the area where contact between the head and the boom is reduced... On my boat, if you're in the cockpit, it is almost impossible to get hit by the boom, unless you're head is above the bimini. :D Also, installing a boom brake can reduce the speed and force the boom can exert when it moves accidentally... making it much less likely to injure you.

The problem with a helmet on a boat, is that they can be hot and uncomfortable, and it is easy to forget to wear them... and not everyone aboard will have one that fits them. IMHO, it is generally better to make the boat safer by reducing the risks, than accepting them and putting a helmet on as part of accepting them.

Even though the boom on my boat isn't much of a danger to people in the cockpit, it still represents a bit of a danger to people working on the cabintop, so I have installed a Dutchman boom brake on my boat, and would highly recommend it to anyone. It reduces the danger of the boom in an accidental tack or gybe, and also helps protect the rig from the shock loads of an accidental gybe.

T34C 02-28-2007 05:22 PM

I wouldn't worry about it. I'm sure your boom will be fine.

sailingdog 02-28-2007 05:24 PM


Originally Posted by T34C
I wouldn't worry about it. I'm sure your boom will be fine.

LOL, evil...but funny.

Cruisingdad 02-28-2007 05:42 PM

Please don't wear a helmet on your boat while you are sailing. The power boaters make enough fun of us as it is. Just duck!!

T34C 02-28-2007 05:47 PM

If you do go for the helmet, please, PLEASE, post photo's.

($5 says this triggers some kind of pics from G-)!!!

sailingdog 02-28-2007 05:48 PM

But CD... I had a great helmet picked out just for you...I was going to send it to you for Father's day... Here's a photo of it... ;)

Giulietta 02-28-2007 05:49 PM

Ohh yes we all use helmets when we sail....

Her's my father in law's helmet....

And mine....makes me feel MUUUUUUCH safer.....we have more models...ask for more if you want....also have crotch protections photos....

Hey I have an idea....pad the boom with fleece!!!!!:D :D :D

T34C 02-28-2007 05:49 PM

:d :d LOL:d :d

I knew it was only a matter of time, but you guys are fast today!

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