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Old 02-04-2016, 11:05   #16
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Has anyone tried the Capt Don ?
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Old 02-04-2016, 12:53   #17
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I have one (the SS version). Haven't yet installed it though. That's a project for this season.
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Old 02-04-2016, 13:28   #18
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We love our Wichard GybíEasy.

We run an end to a block and tackle by the cockpit so we can tighten it easily. We can make it work more like a preventer (we can make it tight enough the boom won't swing at all but of course it is then also acting like a boom vang by pulling the boom down) or to operate like a normal boom brake right from the cockpit. Setting the tension somewhere in between allows us to make slow or fast jibes without having to change the setting on the brake itself.

Except for the block and tackle - which isn't necessary for operation, there are no moving parts.
I've been using a Gybe easy for over 5 years as well. I highly recommend it. It's all done through friction. So you can adjust it anyway you want it.
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Re: Do boom brakes work?

I have the walder boom brake. I rigged it with a 4:1 purchase so that it is very easy to tension it from the helms with one hand. It allows me to easily reduce he tension to assist the gybe in lighter winds and quickly tension up again to slow it down or "lock it off".

I don't see the need for a preventer as when it is set for the conditions, it slows the boom down in the situation where you accidentally gybe without doing a crash gybe. After all, it's not the gybe that causes problem, it the speed of the boom and the "crash" at the end that causes the damage.
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Re: Do boom brakes work?

I have Walder boombrake 203 C on SUNSHINE 38 and i am satisfied with it.

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Re: Do boom brakes work?

A test/review of the Witchard and Walder systems can be found here
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Personally, I use a climbing descender in the same application as the Witchard Gyb'Easy. It's only used to control the boom swing during a gybe in up to moderation conditions. Single handing, it does help.
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Re: Do boom brakes work?

Skippered a cat in ARC a few years ago. When we got in to St Lucia, and chatted to crew over a beer or two, I found out that 5 boats had damaged their booms.
ALL had boom brakes/ preventers going to middle of boom. Booms buckled/bent here, while end of boom whiplashed.
I would always rig preventer to END of boom. Cheers.
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For me is important that protect my head, and this is important. I can adjust power of swinging and speed, lso protecting boom. Walder boom brake is expencive but when you are hit by boom this cost nothing!
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Re: Do boom brakes work?

Have the dutchman. love it.

had the gybe easy. couldn't find a way to feather it as fine as the dutchman. Once the dutchman is dialed in, it is great.
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Re: Do boom brakes work?

Hello,
I'am using a Walder, great. But you have learn how to use it and follow the instructions. After that you will be able to tack down Wind, looking only to your genoa.
(Sorry if my English is not so good.. I'am swiss french speaking sailor)

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I know that Walder had 2 and possibly 3 different sizes of boom brake. I bought one used and it turned out to be the size I needed, but make sure of what size you are buying. ____Grant.
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I have a Dutchman but would now prefer the Walder.


Why would you prefer the Walder?
If you look at the Walder it has a couple metal loops that the line passes thru. That keeps it from rocking side to side a lot less then the Dutchman. Without them the Dutchman has a bit of a backlash in a downwind situation.

Plus the line is closer to the attachment which makes for less backlash. And Walders come in larger sizes.

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Re: Do boom brakes work?

I don't think theirs any proper substitute for a properly rigged preventer system. I find them easier, less lines , and close to fail proof except for the worst conditions or human error of course . If you have an Oyster 55 and want to prevent possible damage from an accidental jibe I'd skip the boom brake


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Never leave home without it. But then again you would not want this boom swinging about out of control.

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Never leave home without it. But then again you would not want this boom swinging about out of control.

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