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06-09-2008 07:55 AM
sailingdog Dizzy-

Do a search for boom brake on the forum and you'll find a lot more information. The three major boom brakes out in the market are currently:

1) Dutchman Boom Brake
2) Scott Boom Lock
3) Wichard Gyb'easy

Of the three, the Scott boom lock is the most expensive, the Wichard is the least adjustable, and IMHO, the Dutchman is the one that makes the most sense to purchase and install.
06-08-2008 08:14 PM
nolatom I didn't realize this was a four-year-old thread.

Shows what happens when you get hit in the head....;-)
06-08-2008 08:05 PM
nolatom There's no point in assigning fault, just think about prevention for the future.

After some 45 years of sailing, a couple of years ago I woke up on a cockpit floor after being knocked out for 10 or 15 minutes. Several reasons for it (though I don't remember the actual event), but none worth assigning blame, especially to anyone else.

Just be careful out there, and keep in mind that when you jiffy-reef the boom, the boom end might be a bit lower than you're used to with the full main, and you might find this out the hard way.

Beyond this I'll say no more.
06-08-2008 08:01 PM
merlin2375 Dizzy - this is a really old thread, not sure anyone who posted in it is still around. You may want to start your own thread.
06-08-2008 07:44 PM
Thanks for the Reminder that Booms + Heads Hurt

Thanks for the post.

Just reminds/reinforces my decision some time ago that in addition to the pfd's that everyone on my boat must wear always, a bicycle safety helmut must be on my head whenever I'm out solo and the wind velocity is greater than light.

My boom is high enough that a boom+head collision is impossible for me or a passenger in the cockpit, unless standing full up on the seats.

Unless he/she is an experienced sailor, passengers aren't allowed out of the cockpit onto the upper deck without me first accessing fully the risk in relation to wind velocity, heel, and the point of sail. But when soloing, I'll sometimes turn on the auto pilot for a moment or two to do something at the mast or forward. Never when running with the wind however. Having a helmut on is added insurance that if I miscalculate or become inattentive, its unlikely that I'll ever be knocked unconcious.
06-08-2008 06:49 PM
Would you send me a detail on the boom brake drum you use on your boom?
I just tried to rig a climber's rappelling "figure 8" to the boom of my Catalina 380. But I have not sailed with it yet. Any comments on the usefulness and safety of my rig?

07-22-2004 09:52 AM
accidental gybe

Sorry you descovered why it''s called a boom...
07-22-2004 09:00 AM
accidental gybe

Interestingly enough a boom impacting with a head seems to make a "Clang" sound. Maybe that''s just how it sounded inside my own head at the time.

Guess whose fault it was then? Mine! Silly enough to put my head in the way of the boom while I was in charge of the boat ...
07-22-2004 04:56 AM
accidental gybe

". A small wind shift will send the boom over. "

Waves roll a boat from side to side. IMHO, gravity is more likely to start the boom moving on its downward slide, thru the eye of a following wind, and then "whacko!". At night, specially when cruising, I drop the main (hate night time drops and changes), lose some speed (but surprisingly little) and leave it at that.
07-20-2004 08:11 PM
accidental gybe

I wholeheatedly agree that on a cruising sailboat, particularly with inexperienced passengers, there is rarely any good reason to sail dead downwind or to not have a good preventer rigged. Here is a simple rig involving minimum rope and hardware: Dead end a line a the aft end of the boom long enough to reach the shrouds with a quick disconnect fitting at the forward end and a bail on the boom to store it. Run another line with the same fitting from the point at the shrouds through a swivel block at the bows and back to the cockpit. To set it up, sheet the main in to where a man can reach through the shrouds and connect the two lines. Before you jibe, come up on the wind, sheet in, disconnect, restow the line on the boom, jibe, take the same end of the preventer to the new lee shrouds, and reconnect. The hauling end does not have to change sides.
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