I know this is an old thread, but I had few comments to add re: addition of a boomkicker.
Overall, I like, but not love it. My objective for installing this was my boat partner at the time was 6'4", and there was not standing room under the boom in the cockpit
. Many cracked heads occurred, and I hated hated hated messing with the topping lift in rougher conditions. I won't sail with it rigged (don't like that it chafed the sail, or tangled on the backstay) but when reefing without it the boom would sit on top of the dodger
, lower than my head
height at 5'1". It was a safety
consideration - one less thing to worry about.
Placement of the boomkicker on the boom was a beast. I have a 32' sailboat, with the 1500 model boomkicker. To get the angles correct, I had to cut off 5" (the max allowable) This gave a lot of upward force and lots of head
room in the cockpit
. I also use the boom to lower the outboard
into the dinghy
from the pushpit, and as part of my plan for COB recovery.(depending upon the situation of course) Alas... my 4:1 fiddle block vang was no longer up to task to crank the boom back down when downwind. I cascaded the blocks up to 8:1, which is workable, but really, it needs a winch
I'm still happy with my choice, but be very careful with placement and angles, and ensuring that there is enough horizontal distance between the vang attachment and the boomkicker. I had to guess at the new vang attachment placement, and wish now I'd left another 1" or 2" between them, as the fiddle block chafes slightly on the boomkicker attachment.
Just my $0.02.