Systems & Propulsion

Controlling Jibes With Boom Brakes

Sea trials with the economy Heinson , new Dutchman, and the long-standing French-made Walder boom brakes.

After determining the correct amount of tension, each of these de­vices theoretically could be left alone to permit smooth jibing. In practice, however, we found ourselves having to overtension the line prior to initiat­ing the jibe, then easing tension as the mainsail backed. Once you find the correct tension, it's hands-off - until the wind speed changes.

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