OK, had a bit of thread drift/non alignment of topic with my last one. Sorry about not picking a better title. So, we'll leave that topic alone but start a new one here about flopper stoppers for those of us with big heavy boats that roll like crazy in an anchorage given the right circumstances.
Has any one made their own? How'd it work?
Ian already posted this, which I appreciate, in the other thread:
" it's true that anything works a little and nothing works all the time. In my area when there's a swell running across the breeze, the breeze is usually steady enough. Also, my boats have had berths so close to the waterline and near enough the centerline that rolling was not uncomfortable. And prior to Marmalade, with her huge form stability, my boats didn't roll much anyway. Heel hard underweigh, yes. Roll, no.
The flopper stoppers I played with were triangles of wood on a three part bridle with a weight along one edge so that as it went down in the water the light side tipped up and it sank easily, deploying to flat when the roll took it back up. I played, not no certain conclusion, with two types of shock absorber. Both were similar to dock line snubbers but home made. One try was on the bridle leg to the unweighted corner. The other was a snubber above where the bridle came together. The advantage of the former was it was neater. The latter allowed a gentler start to the anti-roll.
I really think that you want a lighter whisker pole on the jib than would be suitable for the flopperstopper as well and it will be handier to just have three different spars - one whisker pole and two flopper/dinghey booms, rather than two whiskers that are heavy for the jib and light for the flopperstopper. "