boom gallows

  • 27 Dec 2017 23:26
    Reply # 5650356 on 5598828

    I have a boom gallows similar to David's (on the cockpit roof and designed to be snag-proof) though I rarely use it.  I usually leave my sail bundle hanging in the topping lifts, but always pull the bundle to one side with a preventer line and tension this by hauling on the mainsheet when anchored.  If I don't do this, no matter how tight I heave on the mainsheet, the bundle moves slightly with boat movement, which makes an annoying noise and could cause chafe.  If I leave the boat for any time on a mooring, or if I was under bare poles at sea (lying ahull for instance), I think dropping the sail into the gallows makes sense.  Then it won't move at all.  I have difficulty getting the bundle back up into the sailing position using the topping lifts, but overcome this by tying a line around the bundle and using the halyard.  It pays to pre-mark the fall of the topping lifts where they are cleated, to allow you to reset them easily, but one can always adjust them once the sail is hoisted.

  • 25 Dec 2017 20:01
    Reply # 5648260 on 5598828
    Georg Warnecke wrote:

    i wonder how to make boom gallows (or boom rests) – and how to fix them to the boat… 
    …especially when converting a ketch to jr… 

    (or does anyone uses some sort of topping lift?)

    Georg, no one has really responded to this so I thought I would throw in some thoughts, having had some experience with boom gallows. My current boom gallows is built into the hard dodger on Footprints. It consists a 60mm carbon tube extending up from the dodger on either side, and with a transverse timber glued across the to, slghtly dished in profile to allow the sail bundle to sit down in the gallows, and then with a lashing line which I use to securely tie the sail bundle to the gallows. There are no overhangs on either side of the gallows so there is nothing for the sail or lines to get caught on. This boom gallows has been very successful. 

    If you have a look through my photo albums you will see some pics of the dodger and gallows.

    My previous gallows extended up from the cabin top and was two galvanised metal tubes with a heavy timber across the top. The timber extended either side of the gallows and as a result the sail, and sheets were always getting caught up on it. 

    A lot of people with smaller boats do not actually have a boom gallows and allow the sail to just hang in the topping lifts. But because the sail bundle on Footprints is very long, (6.5M), and heavy, I like to be able to secure the sail bundle when at anchor or when the boat is left on the mooring.

    Last modified: 25 Dec 2017 20:10 | Anonymous member
  • 25 Dec 2017 19:35
    Reply # 5648207 on 5648159
    Erik and Evi Menzel Ivey wrote:

    Brian - the search function has not been working for me. Only returns internet results.

    That's strange.  It works just fine for me:

    Last modified: 25 Dec 2017 19:40 | Annie
  • 25 Dec 2017 17:51
    Reply # 5648159 on 5598828

    Brian - the search function has not been working for me. Only returns internet results.


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  • 17 Dec 2017 20:15
    Reply # 5631585 on 5598828

    Hi George.

    Use the search box on any of the pages in the Members’ area. This pulls up a few comments. David Tyler’s has the usual crop of tried and tested ideas. You’d need lazy jacks as well to keep the sail in control when the rig is out of the crutch. There was some debate about the need for a crutch a while back in one of the fora. Try searching for ‘boom crutch’ as well. That should pull it up.

    Mit freundlichen Grüssen, Brian

    Last modified: 17 Dec 2017 20:36 | Anonymous member
  • 22 Nov 2017 20:43
    Message # 5598828

    i wonder how to make boom gallows (or boom rests) – and how to fix them to the boat… 
    …especially when converting a ketch to jr… 

    (or does anyone uses some sort of topping lift?)

    Last modified: 22 Nov 2017 21:02 | Anonymous member
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