Originally Posted by Pelagic
If Zee had changed one word from “will” to “may”, would that have been more acceptable?..
If it did fail, “Murphy’s Law” dictates it probably would happen in a Gale.
Then an integral boom gallows would be most appreciated.
One other consideration for someone with very long and heavy booms is that if it is resting on a low support above the Bimini
, instead of hanging from a block at mast
head…. The Center of Gravity of that weight, is considerably lower.
Not a big deal, but not to be dismissed if you can change it in an attractive and multifunctional way.
b. No, I don't accept that as axiomatic. Murphy's law is not random or I would stay ashore. I'm assuming, of course, that the sailor does manitanace and that the toping lift
is of similar strength to the halyard
. Some folks use puny lifts, and in this day of high modulus line, that's silly. A cruiser should agree that the topping lift
should be available has a spare halyard
c. No. Ask an engineer
and they will assure you that the points of suport make no difference at all, only the resultant possition. In fact, the weight of the gallows (above the center of gravity) actually slightly reduces stability.
I should add, I suspose, that I have a hard top, and if the TL let go the boom would fal 6 inches. But the lack of hard top wouldn't change my mind.
Also, the notion that a gallows makes reefing easier is a matter of method. I'll bet I can secure my boom more quickly and--this is important--in more possitions than any gallows. Solid? My kids
sleep on the sail sometimes and everyone uses the secured boom as a hand hold.
Perhaps I should re-emphisize that I do not simply tighten the mainsheet, I attach another job-specific line to creat triangulation, just as the OP suggested. With only the mainsheet, you're right, it dances around. But I didn't suggest that.