Any tips for preventing boom from scratching rear deck?

Probably a dumb question.  Does anyone have some suggestions for how to keep the boom from scratching up the rear deck when taking the mainsail down?

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Use the boom crutch.  Put the

Use the boom crutch.  Put the crutch into place and guide the boom into the crutch while slowly lowering the sail.

 

 

thanks

Ah, that makes total sense.  Thanks!

Boom end

In addition to a boom crutch, I have a piece of outdoor carpeting glued to the boom end with contact cement for those times when the boom crutch is not available. Hope this helps and that the below image can be viewed.

See http://www.fssa.com/content/boomendpaddingjpg

 

FS5510

Boom Scratching Rear Deck

Flying Scot sells a very nice topping lift kit. It holds the boom horizontal in all circumstances.