Why is this page here and not on the WOA website?Recently the Westsail Owners' Association website was moved to a new server that would allow the site to be more easily updated and maintained. While the basic content was successfuly transferred into the new site, a new Forum was started from scratch and the old Forum was converted to a collection of 41 PDF documents.
Most of the Westsails are somewhere around 35 years old. They were well-built boats and most of the boats that were built are still sailing today... many half way 'round the world. But like all classic sailboats, they will all have problems over time, and most of the problems are relatively similar from boat to boat. There's a fair degree of likelihood that any problem that might come up has already been tackled by another owner. It's also fairly likely that the solution is buried somewhere in the archives of the Forum.
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It's likely that the old forum data could have been integrated with the new application, creating one contiguous and searchable source of information. But this would have required substantial programming and data manipulation and the decision was made by the WOA to take the current course. I therefore created this application as a means to preserve the seven years worth of resources that I consider to be incredibly valuable information for current and future Westsail owners. I hope you find it as useful as I have.
1975 Westsail 32, Hull #438
Thread: "Boom Gallows - How To Use?"
12,268 posts on 2,444 threads • From Mar 07, 2004 - Jan 08, 2012
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Boom Gallows - How To Use?
Joe Hanley and Jayne Sagar
The gallows are there mainly for the following reasons.
To support the boom in port or at anchor (Prevents slapping.)
To Lock the boom in a fixed position when using a trysail (a loose footed storm sail where the boom isnt used) and when the main is furled away in a blow (even if the trysail is not used - it will locate and lock the boom.
During normal sailing - ie with mainsail used, then the boom should clear the gallows at all times. Take a small lift on the topper, then tension the halyard (ie - make sure the sail is fully hoisted, then release the topper (topping lift) slightly to allow a slight sag in the lift. The sail should easilly clear the gallows. The kicker, even when hauled, should not allow the boom to catch the gallows. If you find the boom sitting on the gallows with the sail hoisted, then the sail is probably not hoisted fully, or maybe jamming at the top.
You can also use it to assist in reefing (the side positions are sometimes helpful) but you may well have to slacken the topping lift to drop the boom into the gallows as the main halyard is released (easier than it sounds !)
(ps - other uses are - a great hand hold, supporting a bimini, attaching mob poles etc, attaching cockpit screens, hanging washing, hoisting a shower head, and drying fish :-) ..) - Hanging diapers (nappies in the UK) there will usually give you a clear berth or anchorage - toying a small toy boat also works lol :-) )
Hope that helps and nice to meet up Sir.
Joe n Jayne
I have been sailing my W32 with the boom sitting and locked into the boom gallows. I've now realised (I think) that this is not the way to sail. Can anyone assist me in an explanation of the purpose of a boom gallows? I don't understand the sail dynamics. For instance if I am supposed to raise the boom off the gallows when sailing, wouldn't this make the sail a fuller shape? When the sails are made, would they need a longer luff, to allow the sail to sit on the gallows when not sailing? Would appreciate any assistance and please excuse my ignorance.
thanks for the explanation. I think it is all clear now and I feel pretty stupid now having sailed about 600nm with the boom locked into the gallows. Never mind though, I got where I was going and I've learnt yet another thing about the Westsail 32.
Rod I applaude you on you humble admission. You have given some insight though (if I ever break the boom I could sail with a partial boom outhauled on the gallows)
Rod a suggestion, If you have beer can races in your area (losely arranged races) try to get on someone elses boat as crew (Raceing is the best place to learn sail trim).
Also you may find some frends who are into some of the things you may enjoy.
thanks for the helpful advice Norm. Regarding my humble admission, I always say "I don't know", when I don't. I have encountered many "sailors" who have given advice, only to find out, they have no clue what they are talking about. These people are dangerous and I wish more people would stop being so insecure about not knowing something and be willing to say "I don't know". My apologies about my rantings here, but it is something I have found incredibly frustrating and incredibly common.