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Wow - that's some serious Kung Fu. Did you see the helmsman tweak it to starboard just before the smack? That'll teach that dude to complain about the driving again.
 

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The preventer was very thin for that size boom. I use a docking line which is 5/8 inch.
Smack, that little tweet was after the boom moved.
 

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If you look closely you can see they had a preventer. And when they tacked, the preventer was not allowing the boom to move.

the guy was hit, when they released the preventer, not that it broke.
 

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And that guy found out why they call that stick a Boom:D :D :D
 

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I've watched this video over and over...I can't see anyone releasing the preventer. It looks like it breaks or un-ties/un-velcros at the boom. It looks like it is terminated in a loop around the boom and then it comes apart, left dangling after the hit to the head. Ouch!

He should take a lesson from this guy, he's the BOOM KING:

 

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Now the worry warts will start pushing for us to start wearing safety helmets when on a boat. Just in case the boom swings and smacks you a good one.
 

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Nah, with skulls as thick as found on sailnet, helmets are unneccessary... :D
Now the worry warts will start pushing for us to start wearing safety helmets when on a boat. Just in case the boom swings and smacks you a good one.
 

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Wouldn't a good rule of thumb be "Keep your head under the boom just in case?"

Especially when standing two feet away?
 
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