I ditched the boom on our w32 because it did whack me on the head
. Good thing my wife is a good seamstress.
I never found it a problem short tacking with the loose footed staysail. The staysail can be sheeted to the opposite side as soon as the boat gets close to head to wind
, that period of time where your waiting for the jib backwind. Leaves plenty of time to work the jib on a tack. I tacked up a lot of narrow channels using the vane to steer while single
handed. Personally think, besides being dangerous, staysail booms ease of tacking is greatly overrated.