I'm looking for sizing information about an accidental jibe preventer vs. a Boom Brake.
I live in an area where there are constant severe wind shifts and I have witnessed an accidental jibe and the results of one that broke the mast in half. I do not want to have my mast broken or worse yet, someone's head, so I am considering either a block and tackle type jibe preventer or a Boom brake. I like the idea of the block and tackle just so I could have some way to hoist a man overboard back on deck, but a Boom brake looks like it'd be a nice idea because i wouldn't have to go forward after each (intentional) jibe to reset it. I'm looking for any input, actual experience and/or opinions that would help me decide which way to go. Also, I have no idea how to size a preventer made of block and tackle. I already have a solid boom vang, so I don't necessarily need the same strength that the vang would require, although the setup would work fine as a preventer. Any comments will be appreciated.
1988 Catalina 36 Hull #862
"Heart of Gold"