Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Boom crutch?
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The preventer can certainly function as a kicker or vang, but its primary purpose isn't to create a vertical force on the boom, but a horizontal one: it prevents an accidental, uncontrolled gybe. It is the pair of blocks with the integrated cam cleat shown in some of the photos in this thread. I suspect we're talking about the same thing.
For what it's worth, I use bungee cords from my booms to the standing rigging (usually mizzen to port and main to starboard) to prevent them from swinging around. That lets me ease the sheet considerably more than if I used the sheet alone or the preventer. I've noticed that having too much downward force on the mizzen boom causes the topping lift to take most of the load that should be on the backstays, so they get too floppy. Given what Olivier told me when he visited my boat, I believe my backstay tension is approximately correct.
Ryan and Kelly
SM 233 Iteration
Boston, MA, USA
On Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 8:15 AM smiles bernard smilesbernard@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote: