If you move the boom across the boat without changing course, you've now backwinded the main. Very dangerous, and prime for a crash gybe the other way. [Edit - unless, as SEMIJim said, you're on a dead run]
My thoughts on a crew member arguing a semantic point with me while I want to maneuver? "Do what I want, NOW, and we'll discuss how you're wrong later."
Because, you see, even using his definition he was wrong. You said you wanted to change course to a broad reach port tack from your broad reach starboard tack, so let's gybe. You said you wanted to change course; you said you wanted to gybe. His argument seems to be that merely saying "let's gybe" does not imply a course change -- but you said you wanted (1) a course change (2) therefore, let's gybe.
He's wrong and wrong.
S/V Free Spirit
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Last edited by jaschrumpf; 07-05-2010 at 12:49 PM.