Originally Posted by phantomracer
I use it to prevent, or slow accidental jybes. yes for planned gybes, we try and do it the best way (rarely succeed, but we try!)
A. On a catamaran
, if you lock the traveler down at the end stop, it won't jibe unless you let it. Most cats don't have much sheet out, since we have to keep the main off the shrouds. I do use a preventer also sometimes (if I'm wing-an-wing). A boom brake used as a preventer is going to be FAR effective than just locking the traveler down and limiting the loose sheet.
B. I find I have to adjust the tension each time since wind
has invariably changed Thus, it will probably not be set correctly to catch an accidental jibe. Yes, I suppose it will slow it a little.
Since my last post I spent a day playing with brakes (Gybe Easy and a figure-8) and I'm even less impressed than before. I'm stunned that any cat sailor would use one.
- center the traveler
- haul in the sheet
- let it out
What I find very effective is climbing rope
for traveler line. It really absorbs the slam, without impacting sail shape or trimming (only stretches during the slam). And no extra gear
or side-deck clutter, which I hate.