Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Chicago, IL
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Swinging Boom while on Mooring Can
There is probably a quick, easy answer (or at least a lot of options), but I cannot seem to find any recommendations online here or at other sites. I have a 1987 Catalina 34. New to me for this summer. I am moored in Chicago's Monroe Harbor as I have been with other boats previously. Because of the mooring, the boat obviously has a fair amount of motion in the harbor. As such, the boom swings fairly regularly back and forth 12"-24" with the mainsheet, topping lift, and boom vang as taught as possible. I am thinking I could rig a line from the topping lift or similar to the backstay or perhaps a line down to other of the jib sheet wrenches, but I was wondering if there was an easy/better option (magic pill?) to stop the swinging. I am worried about both the potential head trauma as well as stress fatigue that could be caused by the regular swinging motion. I have noticed that the boom on a lot of other boats in the harbor do not "appear" to be swaying or not as much, and I do not remember having this happen on my previous boat (which was rigged similar but differently).
Always appreciative of the communities help,
1987 Catalina 34 #358, s/v Windbreaker