Recently got a Grampian
28 and am learning
the boat. One thing I'm trying to figure out is the design intent of the boom connection to the mast
The extruded aluminum mast
has the track, or channel, for the mainsail
, of course. About 4 feet above the deck
, the channel is cut away so you can attach or remove the mainsail
. Unscrew the "holding pin", insert the plastic slugs into the track, replace the pin so the slugs don't fall back out...voila. No question there.
The track continues to the bottom of the mast. The boom's gooseneck sits in this track as well. It sits between two metal slugs, which are attached to the mast with through-bolts. There's about 7 inches of travel possible between the upper and lower slugs, or "stops". The gooseneck slug rests on the lower stop. In other words, I can grab the boom and readily lift
it up 7 inches. (Normally wouldn't happen, as we have the boom vang
Is there some design intent of having this 7" of vertical travel for the gooseneck? Or is the upper stop simply there to prevent some force from having the boom accidentally come off the mast? (like grabbing the boom in a rough sea!!)
I'm planning to raise up the boom by this 7" to give me (a) more headroom
in the cockpit
, as I'm 6'1", and (b) more headroom
to install a bimini
. Haven't decided yet if I want to have the bimini
up during sailing, or just collapse it back to the backstay when sailing.
So my plan was to raise the lower stop such that the TOP of the gooseneck slug would butt up against the upper stop. This would eliminate any vertical travel. Any issues with this?