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Old 04-03-2014, 19:55   #1
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What Is This Thing?

It's been taking up space in my "Stuff I Might Need One Day" box since we bought the boat.

It looks like it could take a line through the eye at the end of one of the floppy arms, wind it around the black, hard rubber drum that has grooves that progress like a bolt thread, and exit via the other floppy arm's eye. The whole bit of gear can be suspended by a stainless steel pivoting tab.

My guess is that it may be a snubber of some kind but I can't think where or how to use it.

Do I keep it or toss it?

All thoughts from the CF pool of experience appreciated.

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Old 04-03-2014, 19:56   #2
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Re: What Is This Thing?

Boom brake, search for recent thread.
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Old 04-03-2014, 20:00   #3
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Re: What Is This Thing?

Sell it here easily for a hundred bucks or so.
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Old 04-03-2014, 20:09   #4
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Re: What Is This Thing?

Their job is to act like a preventer and stop crash gybes.

Boom Brake Walder

They work well but are expensive, up to $1,000 or so for a big one.
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Old 04-03-2014, 20:16   #5
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Re: What Is This Thing?

I really wanted one on our boat, but it would be very hard to fit with our setup and probably would not work well. Maybe your boat will be able to use it more easily, so you might want to try it before you decide to sell it. I think they are a brilliant idea if they work half as well as they claim on the adverts.

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Re: What Is This Thing?

Thanks. That didn't take long.

Our mainsheet attaches mid boom and I have a preventer that attaches to the same hasp. When gybing I loosen the preventer, centralize the boom, gybe, let it out, walk the preventer across and reattach it.

I've considered 2 preventers but the slack one would be a pain going forward, but maybe that's just in my mind. More importantly, I have to decide if I'm going to attach the preventer inboard or outboard of the lifelines, depending on how far out the boom is.

I'm thinking a boom brake has everything permanently in place. Could be the reason it was down below and not on the boom.

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Er... I think the whole point of the boom brake is that it remains in place and is there for those cases where you have not yet set the preventer, or where the preventer was not expected to be needed but something happened and you wish you had set the preventer.

If it looks like it was not in use then I suspect that either the adverts are misleading and it does not work as well as it does on tv, or, like our boat, it is really hard to set it up with an effective set of angles.
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Sigh.

Boom Brake vs Preventer
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Hi, Vic,

It IS some sort of boom brake. We are among the users of double preventers, but if you PM one of the guys in the thread Delancey kindly posted that uses one, he could probably give you some clues about how to set it up and try it. Trying it will cost nothing, and if you like it, great; if not, sell it on.

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Hi, Vic,

It IS some sort of boom brake. We are among the users of double preventers, but if you PM one of the guys in the thread Delancey kindly posted that uses one, he could probably give you some clues about how to set it up and try it. Trying it will cost nothing, and if you like it, great; if not, sell it on.

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Hi Ann,
I looked up the thread as soon as Delancey mentioned it in the first reply. If I could get it set up to work well it would be great. I can see I've got a bit of research to do and as you say, try it and see.

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PS Any idea yet when you folk will be back in NSW?
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