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Yesterday I went out for a lovely sail. Back in the harbor, the breeze was gusty and shifty. I was jibing under main mizzen and staysail. Being alone, I would sheet in the main before the jibe, easing it through. The club staysail and mizzen were left to jibe freely. I was handling it fine when the slim jury rigged mizzen boom (an old dinghy mast) snapped like a matchstick. In order to avoid being staked like dracula, I quickly headed up, started the motor, and cut the peices free.
So, how do your jibe your ketch?
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I gybe the same way you do, but with an alternate and also acceptable spelling. Oh, yes, I also have sound rigging that's not made from pieces of old dinghy parts! If the wind is brisk I will sheet in my mizzen and jib along with the main before the gybe. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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On my Cheoy Lee Ofshore 31; my main sheet and mizzen sheet are both led to the mizzen mast. I can reach them both at the same time. I sheet them in before a jibe. I never like to let a boom slam over.
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Been a while since I gybed a ketch, but both the main and mizzen were hardened prior to the gybe and then eased after the gybe.
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You could always shift the wind from one quarter to the other by bringing your bow through the wind. This called Wearing the vessel... And on all of the fore & afters you bring the bow through the wind. On a square rigger you bring the stern through the wind... Lest likely to have any equipment failures that way.
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[quote=Boasun;699931]You could always shift the wind from one quarter to the other by bringing your bow through the wind. This called Wearing the vessel...............quote]
Sure this is true and three right turns make a left turn, but the bottom line is....you must not use an old wood dinghy mast as your mizzen boom!
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Been a while since I gybed a ketch, but both the main and mizzen were hardened prior to the gybe and then eased after the gybe.
That's what I do, unless the wind is really, really light.
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...you must not use an old wood dinghy mast as your mizzen boom!
Especially when it's blowing up to 30 in the puffs the way it was in yesterday's Northwest breezes.
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Thanks for the replies. I surely won't use the old (broken) dinghy mast anymore! But my first rule is that if the boat floats, sail her! And the gusts were no more than fresh, this was friday.
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