Third Time Lucky
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Third Time Lucky

Third Time Lucky

Third time lucky:

There are pre-run preventers on Seaburban’s boom. They can be rigged at any point of sail from the base of the mast but they are an all or nothing proposition. They stop the boom from gybing uncontrollably across the deck with a bang.

Wanting something I could control from the cockpit that would allow me greater control over the boom at all times, I installed a boom brake. In theory, not only would the brake prevent an accidental crash gybe, it would allow me to gently maneuver and control the boom using a psi glee line from the cockpit. All good stuff. Only it didn’t work at all. Not even close.

A frantic call to the manufacturer in France resolved nothing. The installation was OK and the size of the thing was correctly matched to Seaburban’s mainsail. The only variable was the type of line.

It took three times, using three different types of line but it’s finally working. I know because last night I heard a creak and growl that was new to me. Alarmed, I rushed topsides to see the boom nicely held back and under complete control.

Merci Monsieur Walder.

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  • Claude
    Posted at 20:39h, 29 March Reply

    In weather like today having a fellow partner would make the difference of the world.

    Heavy weather conditions are great only when you have enough energy to enjoy it. I wish you the time of your life.

  • Tony Yanca
    Posted at 02:58h, 06 April Reply

    Hi Bert, I came across your voyage on looking for more positive and up-beat news in the world today. As we continue to try to isolate ourselves looking to conquer this extremely serious virus, you’re essentially isolated fighting the elements of Ocean Blue. I’m a surfer in Southern California and I’m always intrigued by extremely passionate individuals who take on these adventures, especially when it involves the ocean. I’m currently listening to some Reggae and enjoying a Pale Ale from our local brewery 🙂 Our Family is healthy and I’ll be working from home tomorrow, but will continue to follow your voyage rooting you on the whole way through. I wish you safe passage and pray that you will utilize all that you’ve learned to help you endure the many obstacles that come your way. You will make complete this voyage and I look forward to your future posts. Take care of yourself.


  • John T.Rice
    Posted at 04:06h, 06 April Reply

    Be safe..pulling for you!

  • Susan Conway Gray
    Posted at 05:56h, 06 April Reply

    What an incredible journey you have set up for yourself!
    I find your reflection on the coronavirus to be incredibly insightful.
    Self isolation as a time to reflect on what we want to become, what legacy we choose to leave behind.
    To many that level of self introspection will appear daunting and even impossible.
    To truly examine our minds, behaviors, and motivations while holding them into the light through the prism of our souls is an exercise most would not have the courage to do.
    But I hope some will take up that challenge.
    Good luck to you!

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