Stus-List Real boom preventer

Lee Youngblood leeyoungblood at earthlink.net
Sun Mar 17 21:54:08 EDT 2019


Hi Andrew,

The line to the end of the boom is the way to go.  It makes it possible to lead the preventer close to the bow & back to a winch, with a long line for streach.  One good trick I’ve seen, probably a Brion Toss, is the dynema has a big shock cord sewn/seized inside.  Mostly it keeps the eye on the hook at the gooseneck, but any easing would be better than shock loading the boom in the water.  

On my first night delivery, when I really didn’t know much, I had to ask is,” Is it ok if the boom goes into the water”.  Later, the 4’ rooster tail on the spinnaker pole was just slow, before things got worse. . .

Cheers, Lee
s/v simplicity
Seattle


> On Mar 17, 2019, at 4:59 40PM, Andrew Burton via CnC-List <cnc-list at cnc-list.com> wrote:
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> I'm another who is leary of boom-brakes. They clutter the decks too much and I hate a mid boom preventer because it's so easy for them to break the boom in an accidental gybe or if the end of the boom gets dragged in the water--not something to worry about with IOR designed C&Cs like my old 40, but Masquerade has quite a long boom and the drag could be quite considerable.
> What I've done on my boat is rig a couple of strong lengths of dyneema from padeyes at the end of the boom to near the gooseneck. That allows me to attach a line from the bow back to loops in the dyneema and rig a proper preventer. Essentially, that makes for a preventer from the bow to the end of the boom. Having the dyneema to the end of the boom saves me having to center the boom in order to attach the preventer, which would be a pain and dangerous in any kind of sea. 
> Andy
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> On Mar 17, 2019, at 19:37, Josh Muckley via CnC-List <cnc-list at cnc-list.com <mailto:cnc-list at cnc-list.com>> wrote:
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>> In my opinion boom brakes are more work and clutter than they are worth.  I always tend the mainsheet when performing a gybe.  By tend I mean center the traveler and pull in the sheet to center the boom.  As the gybe occurs I quickly release the sheet.  On multiple occasions I've seen main sails pop as a result of uncontrolled or "forced over" gybes.
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>> Care is always required when going downwind but with an attentive helmsman a preventer can sometimes be avoided.  Most boats are actually slower dead downwind so pick one side or the other.  The most often time when a preventer is unavoidable is wing and wing.
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>> Josh Muckley
>> S/V Sea Hawk
>> 1989 C&C 37+
>> Solomons, MD 
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>> On Sun, Mar 17, 2019, 11:08 AM David Knecht via CnC-List <cnc-list at cnc-list.com <mailto:cnc-list at cnc-list.com>> wrote:
>> Thanks for all the info on preventers.  I plan to use the advice to rig one when spring finally arrives and use it on long downwind cruises.  This discussion also led me to look into boom brakes.  I have always been concerned about getting hit by the boom on a gybe, and being 6’ 3”, it is a particular problem.  I had never thought of a boom brake as a device for my safety as opposed to the boat’s safety but realize now that this might be well worth installing on both accounts.  They seem to come in simple inexpensive solutions (https://dreamgreen.org/boom-brake <https://dreamgreen.org/boom-brake>) to more complicated and expensive devices (http://www.boom-brake-walder.com <http://www.boom-brake-walder.com/>).  In all cases, I worry about another couple of lines to trip over when moving on the side decks, thus trading one hazard for another.  Thoughts?  Dave
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>> S/V Aries
>> 1990 C&C 34+
>> New London, CT
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