I am brand new to this forum, so if this post is in the wrong spot please let me know. And if it is, I apologize in advance.
I've been doing some research
on boom preventers lately and have decided to rig one up on the boat. I stopped by West Marine
this afternoon to gather some pricing info and was asked by the fella there what I was putting together. When I told him he scrunched his nose and told me that preventers are a bad idea here. I asked why and he said because "the wind
shifts around so much."
Now maybe I am missing something (and if I am please let me know) but doesn't that make a stronger case for a preventer? I suppose he was saying that the wind
shifts so frequently that it would have to be adjusted regularly, but I'd rather be a bit busy than risk killing a crewmember or damaging the boat.
I'll admit that the wind is very shifty here and I will also admit that I am shaking the dust off as a skipper
(I haven't owned a sailboat in 8 years or so). In my opinion both of those factors favor the preventer, but wanted to seek some expert advice outside of Mr. West Marine
. I mean it certainly can't hurt to take steps to ensure that everyone returns to the dock