It’s always interesting to walk around the docks at Rodney Bay Marina in St Lucia after the finish of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers; you get to scope out interesting details on the boats. Here are just a few from the 2017 ARC.
Rather than rig gybe preventers for the long downwind run in the trades, and risk having the main pinned aback should the boat gybe, many sailors opted instead to install boom brakes, like this Walder unit (left); one boat had rigged this “fuse” from...
Lines tend to get caught around radomes installed on the mast, and sails also chafe against them, so several owners chose to mount theirs to one side of the mast or even on a spreader
Chafe is always a problem on long offwind voyages where the mainsail contacts the spreaders; taping foam pipe insulation to the sharp trailing edges mitigates wear on sailcloth
Heavy weather staysails set flying on Dyneema luff ropes and endless line furlers are increasingly common on bluewater cruising boats