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Old 08-01-2011, 06:31   #1
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Coverting Old Mast into a Boom

Hello, I have purchased a Bayfield 32c recently and the boom has grown some legs and feet and have walked away. I have been looking for a replacement boom for some time now and I feel that I'm running out of options besides having a new one built. I know of a mast that is free and thought about cutting it down and turning it into a boom. Any thoughts?? Would it be strong enough? I am looking for the boom the be about 13.5 feet long.
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:43   #2
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no reason you cant do that as long as the section is a similar size. my friends boom on his BCC is an old hobie mast...

where are you located?, i have a boom you can have for next to nothing, think it is around 12 feet will have to measure
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I'm located in Michigan. The only thing I'm worried about would be the gooseneck.
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Dwyer Mast have a couple of good webpages, detailing various extrusions (shape, weight, thickness, etc.) used for booms, and a measuring guide. Useful when comparing “non-standard” but “available” extrusions, you may wish to adapt.

Dwyer Aluminum Mast Company- Manufacturers of Quality Sailboat Masts, Booms, Hardware and Rigging Since 1963.

Dwyer Aluminum Mast Company- Manufacturers of Quality Sailboat Masts, Booms, Hardware and Rigging Since 1963.

Goosenecks ➥ http://www.dwyermast.com/items.asp?c...ame=Goosenecks
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Thank you I will have to check them out.
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I am a big believer in reusing wood and try to do this if possible. The environmental and spiritual benefits aside, its also a quality issue as well. The availability of high quality old growth timber is becoming more limited and costly.

I don't know what your wood working skills are but if the right tools are available depending on what style of boom you decide to fabricate it should be a fairly simple and a rewarding project. You might try to see if the origional construction plans are available for the boom.

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