Tagged: New boom
24th November 2017 at 7:32pm #18335
Hi- I know it’s been’visited’ often before but is there any intention out there of going to a more conventional boom section that is ‘available’ – I’ve been trying for some time and I can’t even find out where to get an OK boom-can anyone point me in the right direction- I’ve taken the jigsaw to my old needlespar to try and get the sailing weight below 5 kgs!!! After my bloodbath at Northampton I gave it a good talking to and I said ” you either loose some weight or I’ll do it myself”
Filey for the Northerns – whoa big swells -had some fantastic sails in my Fireball over the years26th November 2017 at 10:02pm #18336DougPowellParticipant
You can get a new boom from Simon at Synergy Marine
Regarding losing weight – can you post a photo of the boom since its surgery – considering doing something like this too.
Apparently alloy sections are common & cheap in some countries but unfortunately not really in the UK28th November 2017 at 9:56am #18337KenParticipant
I bought a blank from suntouched. They are predominantly for the Finn will do the blank for the OK worth phoning them to see.
http://www.suntouched.co.uk/suntouchedsailboats_004.htm#FBA28th November 2017 at 11:43am #18338KenParticipant
( quote Robbo ) Filey for the Northerns – whoa big swells -had some fantastic sails in my Fireball over the years,
Robbo, have to agree with you. In 45 plus years of sailing I have never sailed in a bigger swell. One never to be forgotten looking over the top of an Osprey mast of the boat directly in front of you to find the next view was looking down into his cockpit hoping he was going up the next wave. Great fun if at times a little scary.4th December 2017 at 4:15pm #18350
Hi Doug well I’ll try and upload some pics -here goes4th December 2017 at 4:18pm #18351
still needs a bit of cleaning up but you get the idea. used a stepper drill and half a jigsaw blade here’s one I made ages ago5th December 2017 at 5:04pm #18357DougPowellParticipant
how much weight / percentage of the boom weight do you think you saved?
Also…..when are you going sailing with it? keen to know whether it holds together9th December 2017 at 9:07pm #18361
hi Doug. the cutouts will reduce it by nearly half a kilo but having dumped all the big heavy bolts,pulleys and ali lever , stainless loops etc the total all up weight is reduced by 1.5kg . and anyone who thinks that’s not a lot try holding that amount of weight on a 2 metre cane.
that’s a massive leverage load in torsion around the mast base right at the front , i’m hoping to give it all a run out on boxing day. It is not my intention to use this boom over 20-25 m.p.h. as I have a small rig with a short boom for windy stuff . I’ve not had any ‘nice’ boatspeed weather since getting my latest boat (1835 -Skinner) as it’d been windy on both occasions. BUT at 60kgs /five foot four and closing in on 70 years with a 42 year old boat in 25 gusting 30 m.p.h. if i’m the same way up as everyone else i call that a result !!- I will let you know my outcome – I did make a grp vacuum foam sandwich boom which weighed in at 2kgs. fantastic up to force 2 then it bent like a bow- Mmm drawing board – mind you it only cost £20 to make !!21st December 2017 at 8:12am #18365stevecParticipant
Just ordered a new boom from Ovington.30th August 2018 at 2:31am #18805PaaalParticipant
Robbo did I understand correctly for cost of a round you can reguvinate old heavy booms. Have a few that are closer to 8 than 5kg are / were you able to half the weight and keep the strength or does one need spend 10 times that to get a reasonable boom.30th August 2018 at 2:34am #18806PaaalParticipant
Will drop you off a selection, how did you get on with the old boom I chucked you. Was it any good
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