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Question Furling Boom on my 1972 P30

Bought a P30 and found that it has a furling boom. Does anyone have any experience with these. Because of the furling boom, I can not permanently attach the boom Vang. Any suggestions? It also looks like I can use it as a reefing for my main sail as the sail rolls around the Boom. Kind of a great idea, but I have not seen this before.
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Re: Furling Boom on my 1972 P30

This is an old idea that never really proved practical.. there was another recent thread on the subject.

You'd be far better off to rig standard 'jiffy/slab' reefing, and leave the vang attached at all times. Rolling around the boom removes the ability to 'outhaul' the reef and usually results in poor shape. This is a far cry from today's 'in boom' furling setups, though they too have some of the same issues.

I think stowing the sail this way is more cumbersome and slower than conventional flaking too...
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Re: Furling Boom on my 1972 P30

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Bought a P30 and found that it has a furling boom. Does anyone have any experience with these. Because of the furling boom, I can not permanently attach the boom Vang. Any suggestions? It also looks like I can use it as a reefing for my main sail as the sail rolls around the Boom. Kind of a great idea, but I have not seen this before.
Roller furling booms were in vogue from the early '50's through the mid '70's. They actually work pretty well so long as one's main is hollow cut without a roach (common on voyaging yachts) and one has a "ski-jump" wedge above the goose-neck that leads the luff to the boom fairly (e.g. Eric and Susan Hiscock employed this arrangement on Wanderer III on their 3-year circumnavigation). One vang's the boom with a reefing claw, as shown below:



Employed as shown below:



For a prior discussion on this see: Boom Vang
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