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Old 22-10-2010, 10:39   #1
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Good Boom Preventer Design

All,

I'm sure there are many out there which by now have become expert ORANA 44 owners, put a lot of miles behind them.

My question (experienced or new owner alike):

What boom preventer design/implementation is in use & what have been tried but found too poor/week/difficult to be of any use?

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Old 22-10-2010, 11:31   #2
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I have used a Dutchman boom brake on two boats, worked great on the 31 fter but is a little overpowered by the boom on my 55 fter but I still use it and it has prevented possible severe damage on at least one occasion.

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Old 22-10-2010, 11:53   #3
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Thanks Phil,

Looks like a promising solution. Some that Ive talked to claim that boom breaks are no replacement for a preventer (probably many types out there). However if I read you correctly that's exactly how you are using it?

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Old 22-10-2010, 12:32   #4
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Have a look at Walder. I've just fitted one and it does the job nicely. Gybing is now a very gentle business
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Old 22-10-2010, 12:58   #5
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I had a Corsair F31 with a Dutchman and I was able to ignore the boom when gybibing the spinnaker. I once did Miami to Islamorada over 70 miles gybing the spinnaker, multiple times, down the ICW for an entire day and never once touched the main sheet.

In most conditions it works with the 700 sq ft main on the present boat and I gybe with impunity in winds up to 15 knots. It can act as a preventer and I only add a preventer in winds over 25-30 knots. However, it is designed to act as a clutch and when properly adjusted the boom comes over in a controlled way.

The only time it failed was when the shackle holding it to the boom broke open. I have since added a swivel so that the boom brake can twist as it works.
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Have had a Walder for years. Works fine.
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