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Old 13-03-2009, 03:43   #1
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boom end piece

hi all of you DIY cruisers

can anybody out there suggest a cheap and neat way to close the end of a 10 feet aluminium boom
the section is oval and slanted and there is no interference with the internal lines

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I'd try to fabricate a plug out of 3/4 inch Starboard or teak.
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hi all of you DIY cruisers

can anybody out there suggest a cheap and neat way to close the end of a 10 feet aluminium boom
the section is oval and slanted and there is no interference with the internal lines

thanks
Mine was evenly cut not angled but,
expanding foam then cheese grater ,a quick lick of epoxy and done!
I now am using the mizzen to store the whisker pole. thinking of cutting a rubber plug out of old fender.
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Boom Cuff.

If you are handy with a needle and thread, pick up some lightweight neoprene at a local dive shop and sew a short tube that can slip over the tube end. Fit it and mark it for the angle, remove it from the boom and trim the tube to the angle. Then lay another piece of neoprene on the boom end and trace the tube-end outline and cut that out for an end piece. Turn the tube inside out and sew the end piece, also inside out of course, to the trimmed end of the tube. This "cuff will be a little snug, which will hold it in place. And, if some-one gets beaned by the boom end, the neoprene will lessen the damage to head, and boom.

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Old 13-03-2009, 08:05   #5
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There is a fundamental question here.

If this is a boom, how are you holding it up (topping lift), how are you holding the clew in position,

how are you connecting main sheets.

The normal forged metal end plate fulfills all these criteria, so if you just need an end cap, you must have foud some other way to do the above?

Please let us know
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already tried that, not too obvious and requires very high skills
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thx Keyspc I might just do that
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hi Talbot
the topping lift is attached to an eye just behind the groove of the mainsail on the boom
the clew is 10cm forward ii is a pulley with a cable that shackles to the sail
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hi S/V HYLYTE

a great idea
unfortunately no sewing skills whatsoever, might ask a lady friend why not ?
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A Stitch In Time!

gbendaly--If you can sew a button on a shirt, you can make a boom cuff. Been there, done that. Moreover, developing minimal sewing skills will come in handy when-not if--you develop a rip in a seam on a sail. I believe MV with his Willard on his recent transit from Long Beach Ca to San Diego (USA) will attest to that.

N'any case--Good Luck!

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