They often do . Ours has the added advantages of being very low to the deck (not near enough room to get a bimini under, for example) and having a Spinlock cleat on the bottom that is just perfectly located to nail your skull if you're not careful transiting the companionway, or your back when transiting the side-decks and the boom's out.My main boom ends over the bridge deck, has bronze hardware on both sides.
It might. Or it might do what it did to a sailor at the club where Abracadabra used to be: Break their neck and kill them instantly.I'm concerned that a real whack will crack someone's skull.
Those are the same as my two rules for new guests, except I usually add a third: 'no paper down the marine head' -- the safety angle is that if they clogged the head I would be fairly likely to kill them1. That is the boom. Know where it is, and where it can possibly go, in relation to you, at all times. It can injure, permanently maim or kill you. 2. One hand for the boat, one hand for you."