The waves are really high in the Adirondacks this year...Waves of SNOW! Reading through Atlantic Crossings
gave me the idea about the double line preventer. Just wondering if anyone has tried this and how it has worked for single-handing. As in one of the threads on sailnet, I have the boom rigged with a full length line so that there is no stress point mid-boom. Have a loop at the point where it can be reached to reattach preventer line after jibing, This requires going forward. With two lines, stbd and port, lead forward to a double block and then back to the cockpit, it would allow me to uncleat it, controlled jibe, reattach the other side all from cockpit. Seems like a lot of gear
but this is a critical operation.
Case in point: Last year, was rounding Sandy Hook, NJ, in the channel, heading south down the coast when a large, discourteous and oblivious power boat
stormed past me full throttle leaving a great wake. This caused an unintentional jibe and subsequent hoisting of the middle finger in salute and quite a few shouted expletives, probably unheard by the stinkpot. Lesson learned: Have a preventer attached at ALL times, even in a calm channel with a 15 knot offshore wind
because you never know when an a#$h&le will strike. Being in a channel, had to stay at the wheel and it was impossible to previously get forward to attach a preventer. Having the lines at hand would solve this type problem as well as the situation of having to go forward when the boat is tossing around.