Originally Posted by Sailor Doug
I know this is not the original posters question but. Why do so many owners take their boom off when the stick is still up. About 40 percent do in our marina do. Boom will out last boat and soon than later you are going to damage Interior
Well, if I leave the boom up, then I'll need a topping lift
, and a sheet, and maybe a preventer. It'll still move a bit in the breeze, wearing down the gooseneck fittings. Plus all the internal lines for reefing or whatnot are also exposed to the elements. And when I'm working on the boat I can whack my head
on the boom too.
In general, winterizing the boat is taking down anything and everything that can come down. Taking it home is better than keeping it below. Any line left out for the winter will suffer UV and freezing. It just won't last as long.
And don't even get me started about the birds and the bugs.
I've seen people around here leave their booms and even their sails
on for the winter. To each their own. 20 years ago it was rare to see a boat "covered" for the winter...now its the status quo.
Your question is totally valid. Why take the mast down? Each owner gets to choose. They do the work, and they pay for the replacements