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Old 07-02-2009, 12:47   #1
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Catalac 9m boom to mast connection

Just acquired a Catalac 9m - anyone have photos of boom to mast connection please?
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The connection will depend on the age of your catalac and the type of mast/boom that you have.

The original were round booms and had roller reefing gear. If I remember correctly these were kemp and the roller handle was at the forward end of the boom. The masts on these boats suffered from some corrosion at the spreader join. IIRC the spreaders were round. Most of these also had twin forestays, and hanked on sails. The change to Proctor masts and slab reefing was I believe before the 9m Mk2 was launched. The 9m Mk1 had round windows for the aft cabin and heads compartment, whilst the Mk2 had windows for those compartments that matched the rest of the boat.

The proctor mast was much better, and had a flat blade spreader, and as far as i know, nobody has had any problems with the spreader connection. The boom was rather more rectangular in section and the connection to the mast was a single bolt through system. The fitting had stag horns for the slab reefing.

I have looked through my pictures and do not have an actual picture of the fitting, but if you ask the specific question, I should be able to either draw or describe the answer.
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Thanks for getting back to me. Mine is a MK1 and as you say has a roller boom. The question is - how is the boom mounting located in the mast slider i is there some kind of positive location, a downhaul or does it just rely on the kicker?
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I have no expertise with the roller system as my 9m was a mk 2.

However, on my slab reefed boom, I discovered that the boom end at the aft end was not secured to the boom by anything more than friction. This stayed n place due to the tension in the bottom of the sail, and the topping lift.

I would be surprised if the roller reefing system needs much more, as the combination of sail (or topping lift) + kicker will keep the boom in place.

A picture of the specific concern would really be of help
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Just acquired a Catalac 9m - anyone have photos of boom to mast connection please?
Here's a link to a photo of an 8M boom to mast connection. Sorry, it's all I have

Catalac 8M Boom - Catalac Catamaran
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Here's a link to a photo of an 8M boom to mast connection. Sorry, it's all I have

Catalac 8M Boom - Catalac Catamaran
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unfortunately the original kemp roller furler is very different.

Your photo is of the later proctor set up and is common to the later 8m and 9ms
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