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Old 23-12-2011, 21:03   #1
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can't figure out what this is!

Hi all,
I've been scouring the internet in search of the name and function of this particular part, but I can't find it. It is a rack that sits on top of the cabin and seemingly supports the boom. What is it called? Is it for support? Or does it act like a main sheet in a way? I attached a photo of one in case my question isn't clear.

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Old 23-12-2011, 21:06   #2
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Hi all,
I've been scouring the internet in search of the name and function of this particular part, but I can't find it. It is a rack that sits on top of the cabin and seemingly supports the boom. What is it called? Is it for support? Or does it act like a main sheet in a way? I attached a photo of one in case my question isn't clear.

Thanks!
Aaron

i saw that on a boat that visited my club. The owner called it a "katzenjammer." Hope that helps and Merry Christmas!
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Old 23-12-2011, 21:08   #3
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Old 23-12-2011, 21:11   #4
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Re: can't figure out what this is!

I go with "boom gallows" as the generic title. Funny thing, my insurance company gives a discount if the boat has a boom gallows - so I quickly made one and bolted it to the cabin top.
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Old 23-12-2011, 21:13   #5
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Re: can't figure out what this is!

Thanks! Boom Gallows seem to come up a fair amount in searches.
Did the insurance company give any reason why they discount for it?

Merry Christmas to you all as well!
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Old 23-12-2011, 21:16   #6
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boom gallows

DANG! Well, I tried (grin)
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Old 23-12-2011, 21:32   #7
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Re: can't figure out what this is!

yep boom gallows and it takes the place of a topping lift I think..the boat down from mine has one but no topping lift...DVC
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Old 23-12-2011, 21:39   #8
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Re: can't figure out what this is!

You guys are quick.
I was gone only a few minutes.
Yup, Boom Gallows.
You can also have (or not) a topping lift.
Our Lord Nelson 35 had both.
Our Dragonfly has neither.
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http://www.boomkicker.com/images/Dragon33.jpg
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Thanks! Boom Gallows seem to come up a fair amount in searches.
Did the insurance company give any reason why they discount for it?

Merry Christmas to you all as well!
Yes, the ability to physically tie down the boom during storm weather when in port or storage saves them a lot of claims money.
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Re: can't figure out what this is!

I agree with the ability to tie the boom down in storm conditions, but I think the biggest advantage is that if your topping lift (or main halyard) lets go you or some crew member doesnt end up with a split skull.____Grant.
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Re: can't figure out what this is!

It's also used as a safety feature while reefing. The intention is to tie the boom to the gallows while reefing so the boom doesn't move around on you.
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Re: can't figure out what this is!

Wow, how mystic. I can't even see what your talking about in the photo. There is a boom gallows there but is that what Wakejumper is asking about? Boom gallows does not take the place of a topping lift but it will keep your boom from getting in your way and swinging about.
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Old 26-12-2011, 12:04   #13
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Re: can't figure out what this is!

I knew that too, but I couldn't raise my hand fast enough to answer the question. Nice to see so many old purists around.
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A boom gallows goes a long way toward eliminating the need for a topping lift. In my 26 footer I never used the topping lift after I built a gallows. I later removed it as excess clutter. On my next boat(37foot steel) the first thing I did was get rid of the wood boom, and replaced with aluminum. Then built a gallows and discovered that the topping lift was not needed on this size boat either. When I moved up to a Peterson 44 I figured I had to use the topping lift because of the weight of the boom. I again built a gallows(YES FOLKS, I would never own a cruising boat without a gallows) and did the conventional lifting of the boom with the topping lift before raising the main. After a season of that I went back to not using the lift and eliminated it. People are probably getting ready to jump all over me about how not using the topping lift stretches the leach and ruins the sail. It does put more strain on the leach, but in almost 20 thousand miles on those 3 boats I never saw any evidence of damage from my practice. I did another 15 or so thousand miles on deliveries and saw plenty of mains that showed damage from topping lifts whipping around and beating the leach to death for mile after mile. Reefing those boats without gallows was sometimes very scary. Trying to tie in points with the boom trying to throw you over the side is a real thrill. I would gladly trade the potential for a little leach stretch in favor of the safety and convenience of a boom gallows. ____Grant. ____(Maybe we should re-label this thread, Boom Gallows)
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Re: can't figure out what this is!

I googled image for boom gallows and there's bunches.
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Some people also call them boom brackets but that also has at least 2 other meanings. BOB
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