We really need a topic for dumb questions here

mckenzie.keith

Aspiring Anarchist
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Probably I am not understanding what the question is. But if you put your hand on the boom you know where it is without looking at it. If it comes for you you will know instantly and can duck.

Also, if you start to lose your balance, you can steady yourself by bracing against the boom (as long as you are pushing it to leeward, where it is not free to go).

Also also, in light air, sometimes it is good to hold the boom to leeward so that the main doesn't flop back and forth (or not as much).

Which of those things is happening here I can't say. Maybe more than one. If I could watch the video I might have a better guess.

OK I found the video and watched that part. He is just lightly bracing against the boom for balance. But maybe that is not your question.
 

pironiero

Anarchist
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Probably I am not understanding what the question is. But if you put your hand on the boom you know where it is without looking at it. If it comes for you you will know instantly and can duck.

Also, if you start to lose your balance, you can steady yourself by bracing against the boom (as long as you are pushing it to leeward, where it is not free to go).

Also also, in light air, sometimes it is good to hold the boom to leeward so that the main doesn't flop back and forth (or not as much).

Which of those things is happening here I can't say. Maybe more than one. If I could watch the video I might have a better guess.

OK I found the video and watched that part. He is just lightly bracing against the boom for balance. But maybe that is not your question.
He did warn they are going to be dumb ones.
yeah, sorry, i meant the sail behind hand, it looks like its coming out of the boom...
 

Jethrow

Super Anarchist
Just controlling the boom... ;)
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Mr Moab

Anarchist
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I think you are asking about the loose footed main. The main has no boltrope in the foot, and only attached at the tack and clew.
 

mckenzie.keith

Aspiring Anarchist
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1,076
Santa Cruz
I think you are asking about the loose footed main. The main has no boltrope in the foot, and only attached at the tack and clew.
There is kind of a white stripe in the foot (which does actually look a bit like bolt rope... not saying it IS, just that there is a stripe). The stripe does not follow a fair curve. Near the person's hand, the white stripe has a kind of bulge upward.
 

billsreef

Anarchist
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Miami
Looks like the outhaul is tight enough to make the foot of the sail look like it's attached to the boom. Except where the guy's hand is in between the two.
 



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