FAQ about boom brakes

Frequently Asked Questions

We wish to provide you the very best service regarding your WALDER ® boom brake. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you do not find answered at our Web site.
A- GENERAL QUESTIONS

A1 : Why should I install a WALDER ® boom brake on my sailboat ?
A2 : Is the WALDER ® boom brake easy to install ?
A3 : What is the difference between the WALDER ® boom brake and a preventer ?
A4 : How do I maintain my WALDER ® boom brake ?
A5 : I’m mostly a coastal sailor – is the WALDER ® boom brake useful for me ?
A6 : My boat is berthed abroad – can I have a WALDER ® boom brake shipped to my boat ?

B- TECHNICAL QUESTIONS

B1 : Do I ease off the WALDER ® boom brake line for a controlled jibe ?
B2 : Can I also fix in place and block completely the movement of my boom with the WALDER ® boom brake ?
B3 : My sailboat is rigged with a rigid boomvang. Must I remove it to use a WALDER ® boom brake?
B4 : What kind of line should I use with my WALDER ® boom brake ?
B5 : How do I adjust my WALDER ® boom brake ?
B6 : Can I keep my WALDER ® boom brake in place under all wind directions ?
B7 : My mainsail is full-batten – which WALDER ® boom brake model suit best ?
B8 : My WALDER ® boom brake is producing too hard a braking force – what should I do ?

RESPONSES

A1 : Why should I install a WALDER ® boom brake on my sailboat ?
Even a controlled jibe remains a delicate and dangerous maneuver. The WALDER ® boom brake prevents injury and equipment damage. Being the skipper means having responsibility for the safety of all those on board – installing a WALDER ® boom brake makes sense as part of responsible skippering. The WALDER ® boom brake brings sailing safety, comfort, and peace of mind..

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A2 : Is the WALDER ® boom brake easy to install ?
Installing the WALDER ® boom brake is a snap – each device comes with full instructions on how to install and use your WALDER ® boom brake to best advantage.
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A3 : What is the difference between the WALDER ® boom brake and a preventer ?
As indicated by its name, a preventer locks and holds the boom in an unchanging fixed position – and in some cases, as a result, possibly causing damage to your boom, mast, or sail with a forceful and unexpected wind or wave change. In contrast, if your sail starts to luff, the WALDER ® boom brake allows your boom to travel in an easy and controlled manner. What ever your tack, with the WALDER ® boom brake rigged on your boom there is no longer need to venture out on a pitching deck to deploy, adjust, or remove boom control equipment. During either a controlled or an accidental jibe the WALDER ® boom brake completely controls the boom sweep across your deck.
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A4 : How do I maintain my WALDER ® boom brake ?
Your WALDER ® boom brake needs no particular maintenance – just rinse it off occasionally with freshwater as you do with your sailboat. Be sure to ease off the line and rinse thoroughly in the grooves of the WALDER ® boom brake drum.
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A5 : I’m mostly a coastal sailor – is the WALDER ® boom brake usefulfor me ?

The WALDER ® boom brake is useful (and potentially life saving) not only in open ocean passages. It is just as needed when sailing in coastal and protected-waters. Consistency in your immediate wind or wave direction is rarely certain; land bluffs near coastlines can create shifting or gusty winds; sometimes there is even sea swell in reduced winds – all conditions in which accidental jibes happen.
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A6 : My boat is berthed abroad – can I have a WALDER ® boom brake shipped to my boat ?

We ship the WALDER ® boom brake world-wide. We can send it to your home address, to a friend’s address abroad, directly to the marina where your boat is located, or any address you designate that receives shipped packages.
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B1 : Do I ease off the WALDER ® boom brake line for a controlled jibe ?
Not at all. Line tension provides frictional braking force on your WALDER ® boom brake and, thus, controls the velocity with which the boom sweeps from one side of your boat to the other. More line tension = a slower, controlled swing; less tension = a quicker swing.
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B2 : Can I also fix in place and block completely the movement of my boom with the WALDER ® boom brake ?

Absolutely. In addition to safe and smooth jibing, the WALDER ® boom brake allows you to stabilize your boom at whatever position you choose. Thus, the WALDER ® boom brake assists when you furl or reef the mainsail or simply cinch down the boom in port or at anchorage.
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B3 : My sailboat is rigged with a rigid boomvang. Must I remove it to use a WALDER ® boom brake ?

Not at all. Installing a WALDER ® boom brake on your sailboat is completely compatible with an already-rigged rigid boomvang. Your rigid boomvang need not be dismantled – simply rig your WALDER ® boom brake aft of the vang.
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B4 : What kind of line should I use with my WALDER ® boom brake ?
We recommend using a halyard-like flexible, prestretched line. Do not use a line whose diameter is too large for the drum grooves of your particular WALDER ® boom brake model.
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B5 : How do I adjust my WALDER ® boom brake ?
Adjusting your WALDER ® boom brake is easily accomplished with the boom brake line that you have fed back to the cockpit of your boat. The tension on your WALDER ® boom brake line is adjustable without having to climb up on deck – under all weather and wave conditions you remain safely in your cockpit. Remember : more line tension = more WALDER ® braking force on the boom’s rate of swing; less tension = less braking force.
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B6 : Can I keep my WALDER ® boom brake in place underall wind directions ?
Yes – a WALDER ® boom brake properly deployed under your boom follows along with its movements under all wind directions.

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B7 : My mainsail is full-batten – which WALDER ® boom brakemodel suit best ?
The better choice of WALDER ® boom brake for a full-batten mainsail is the stainless steel double-guide model.

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B8 : My WALDER ® boom brake is producing too hard a braking force – what should I do ?
There could be several reasons if you find the braking force of your WALDER ® boom brake is proving too powerful :

Your line could be too large a diameter for the size of the drum grooves of your particular WALDER ® boom brake – use a smaller diameter line.
It could be that your line is too old, creating additional frictional braking force – change the line.
The line could be stiffened with accumulated salt – soak it overnight in fresh water.
Finally, you can eliminate one turn of your line around the grooved drum, keeping only two turns – a third turn is not always necessary.
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