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Bob Harland

if we are rowing any distance, then we un-ship the centre part of the mainsheet, stow the sail round the boom and then drop the boom plus sail and stow in the boat.
We find if the boom is left on the gooseneck it will still foul the rowers head – even with a topping lift.

For a short distance we sometimes pull the boom up with a reefing line, and the helm holds the centre part of the mainsheet away from the rower.
Rowing with one oar – sitting off-centre – also works in some conditions.
Or we might just use the paddle.

hope that helps