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Christian



Joined: 13 Nov 2006
Posts: 155
Location: Sweden, Nacka

Shrouds   Posted: Fri 11 Aug 17, 7:35    Reply with quote

Our shrouds/barberhaul are split in two lines when they reach the amas. The aft one is connected with a snap hook.

I have been told that this is for going down wind, easing the boom side and connecting it as an extra preventer to the boom. Leaving the shroud quite loose.

Is it so?
Does anyone use this?
What do you achieve with this?

Im mostly sailing archipelago with a lot of islands and boats so I tack and gib quite often.
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gminkovsky



Joined: 01 Nov 2006
Posts: 190
Location: USA, Long Island Sound

   Posted: Sat 12 Aug 17, 1:03    Reply with quote

I believe that it is no longer recommended to use your adjustable backstay as a preventer. Especially bad if you forget to reconnect before you turn upwind or gybe.

In 2003 when I got my boat, the recommended preventer was a separate line with blocks and cleat.

The use is similar to boom vang as well as to prevent accidental gybe when going deep downwind. When going deep down, the traveller is all the way out, the main sheet is eased, and the preventer is tight.

The first few years I used it a lot to go as fast as I can. Now I am too lazy and want to sail with minimum amount of work in the cockpit.

However, it's a must if you are racing!
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