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Old 03-09-2010, 07:03   #1
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Wooden Boom

my boat has a wooden boom, the last owner was really into wood I geuss.
anyway its not as light as aluminium and this one is curved like a bow.

should I start looking for an original or this one will do the job?
is a wooden boom as reliyable as aluminium?

one thing for sure it looks good, varnished wood and brass is quit appealing.
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It's unlikely you'll find a used boom for your Hinterhoeller 28, but a suitable extrusion can be had fairly easily, depending on your location.

Yes, a wooden boom is as reliable as an aluminum one. In many cases, wood will be lighter and more durable then aluminum. This is particularly true of smaller diameters and/or well "shaped" spars.

Your boat came, as you expected, with an aluminum extrusion tube for a boom. I didn't look up the spar dimensions, but if you like I could look up the replacement or similar extrusion from Dwyer Masts, though just a guess I'd suggest a DM-375 section would be as big as you could possibly want and it costs about $21 per running foot.
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my boat has a wooden boom, the last owner was really into wood I geuss.
anyway its not as light as aluminium and this one is curved like a bow.

should I start looking for an original or this one will do the job?
is a wooden boom as reliyable as aluminium?

one thing for sure it looks good, varnished wood and brass is quit appealing.

My Alberg 35 had a wooden boom. A massive piece of Sitka spruce, it weighed a lot and had a lot of inertia when swinging (both bad things, IMHO). But, wood can be quite strong and reliable since it's a natural composite structure. An aluminum boom can be more easily damaged to failure by hitting something and getting a kink in it than a wooden boom - which, even if some wood fibers are damaged, will still have many others to carry the load.

And when maintained, they do look nice. I'd varnish mine every 4-5 years, and wax it once a year or so but when not in use the sailcover protected it. And the only place where it really got any visible wear was where the boom crutch supported it.
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It's unlikely you'll find a used boom for your Hinterhoeller 28, but a suitable extrusion can be had fairly easily, depending on your location.

Yes, a wooden boom is as reliable as an aluminum one. In many cases, wood will be lighter and more durable then aluminum. This is particularly true of smaller diameters and/or well "shaped" spars.

Your boat came, as you expected, with an aluminum extrusion tube for a boom. I didn't look up the spar dimensions, but if you like I could look up the replacement or similar extrusion from Dwyer Masts, though just a guess I'd suggest a DM-375 section would be as big as you could possibly want and it costs about $21 per running foot.
not nasasary if you think my wooder will do the job as reliable as aluminium, Thanks!
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what do you mean curved like a bow? Is it twisted or warped the picture looks like its in good shape.
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well it has a curve but I guess its not that bad?
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