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Gyb'Easy Boom Brake

$299.99

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Model # 9691312 | Mfg # 07150

Product Description

The Gyb'Easy Boom Brake was developed using technology from Wichard's Simond division, which makes mountaineering and ice climbing equipment. Based on the same principal as the friction brakes that mountaineers use to control their descent during a rappel, this simple device offers an easy way to tame otherwise dangerous gybes. It safely controls the speed of the boom's motion during a gybe, and also locks the boom in one position.

The Boom Brake has three settings to adjust the friction on the line that passes through the device. Configurations of one, two, or three wraps are possible to accommodate different degrees of load. Recommended for mainsails up to 500sq. ft., it comes with 52' of 3/8" Gyb'Flex line designed to absorb shock loads encountered during a gybe.
  • Made of hard anodized 6062 forged aluminum
  • Brake weighs 1.32 pounds
  • Measures 4 1/2"W x 7 1/2"L
  • Includes a 5/16" bow shackle rated for a safe working load of 2,650 pounds

Specs

Gyb'Easy Boom Brake

Type Boom Brake
Weight 1.32 Pounds

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Wichard Gyb'Easy Boom Brake
 
3.0

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2.0

Great concept + quality, Poor execution

By Phantomracer

from Boston, MA

About Me Advanced

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy To Install
  • No moving parts
  • Quality Construction
  • Simple design

Cons

  • Difficult To Use
  • Hard 2 feather resistance
  • Line too short
  • Unique Custom Line

Best Uses

  • Great safety device
  • Sailing

Comments about Wichard Gyb'Easy Boom Brake:

I LOVE the design. Simple. Elegant.

It is nice you don't have to buy any more line (for a basic install)

The execution, is fair to poor. It seems to be either all 'on' or 'off'. You can not adjust the friction well, especially when under load. If the boom is locked, and you give even the slightest slack in the line, it will slam over (less than unrestrained, but faster than you would like).

The line is not long enough for our 38' boat (10' beam). I contacted the company via email to get a longer one. No reply. I contacted them for tips/tricks to improve performance. No reply. I could not find a phone number to call for support.

I tried to make it work in various configurations, over 600 miles trying. I could not make it work well.

Should be 1-1.5 stars..gave it 2 to be generous!

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Minimize the risk of uncontrolled jibe

By Javier Ruiz

from Cadiz, Spain

About Me Advanced

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Easy concept
  • Easy To Install
  • Easy To Use
  • Quality Construction

Cons

  • Very special Flex line

Best Uses

  • Sailing

Comments about Wichard Gyb'Easy Boom Brake:

Great product! after 7.000 miles during three years sailing with my family this mechanical preventer has avoided some danger situations.

Very easy to install and easy to use.

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