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I have often told friends that I don't refer to the booms by their proper name but call them 'CLUNKERS' ... the thing that goes CLUNK when you hit it with your head. On VALHALLA,  when sailing on a beat, the main boom sits just four feet above the companionway sill on the bridge deck.

When going below or coming on deck, especially if wearing a baseball cap, it's easy to make painful contact with the 'CLUNKER' since the bill of the cap hides the offending object while you are watching where to get a safe handhold.

My solution is the NOCLUNKERS ... one is the bitter end of the main boom topping lift which I leave dangling and the other is a bit of red shock cord dangling as well but which can be snapped around the topping lift clear, out of the way when not needed.  These give warning at eye level and a reminder to duck your head before proceeding .... maybe I should call them 'Excedrins'?