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Old 19-05-2018, 07:07   #16
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Re: A new design boom cover - am I missing something ?

MikeM,
Wow very nice and a Frers design also.

Didn't know you were another Great Lakes guy. I grew up in MI, but on the other side closer to Port Huron.
If you do find any boom pics would still love to see your ideas for the "rack". Or if you could generally describe your boom build that would great.

Another rack design we saw in Grenada a couple years ago made of aluminum.
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I'm a painting contractor (38 years), and have used this apparatus for all these years. I've been pondering how to use these (two or more sets), as opposed to installing a lazy jack rig (at a much lesser cost. They can be cut to the exact size suitable to stack the bulk size of your sail. If I act on this idea in the next couple of weeks, I'll post pics.

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Re: A new design boom cover - am I missing something ?

This is what I have come up with. It should minimise windage when the sail is down.

The back end should hide the sail in the silhouette of the boom but the forward end will sit well up above and slightly below so I can't remove all the windage.

I thought about the antler rack type of platform but it will create turbulence where the tray type should improve air flow and reduce the air spilling under the sail. I don't know by how much but it can be by a surprisingly significant amount, my expectations are lower but I expect I will notice the difference.

The biggest step in performance should come from having no sail cover to shroud 4sqm of sail.

I haven't drawn up the braces, fixings, grab, strap, drain, or press stud holes until I have a final measure. I'm worried about the stack of sail cars up the mast 1.2m so I have decided to do the sail cover in two parts, the first is easy along the mast. The second one to wrap the mast I'll measure up once it is in place.


Any feed back would be appreciated.




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Hi Dave
What you are referring to is called hay rack (here in South Africa!) and I have a good mate in the mast and boom game and that is what he calls it. I am busy with a new build of a 50ft semi custom cat and I will definitely being going with a hay rack on my boom. I would caution against doing this in solid form as it could trap rain water and this can cause mildew etc to form in your sail. Another way to do this is to look at the attached photo ..... this design is light and very strong and has the added benefit of being grab rail will working at the boom. Then between the two outer edges of the hay rack you need to fit a strong mesh for the sail to rest on (and you can walk on it if need be) these can be made with a track - for the stack pack bag and the mesh support. The mesh allows for breathability and to stops birds trying to make nests in your stack pack when you are not on the boat! The only down side I can see for this design is that the boom will hit the shrouds slightly earlier on run. If this is an issue for you then you can build the hay rack in two sections with gap for the shrouds ..... A friend did this on his mono for this reason.
Other positives to this hay rack design are it makes raising the main a lot easier as the lazy jacks are a lot wider and your stack will be lower (as you mentioned) and the management of the whole stack pack becomes easier.
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Dave and Lambretta, great thinking, illustration, and design. Much appreciated.
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Re: A new design boom cover - am I missing something ?

Good ideas.

One more thought.

How about building it in a way that it actually CAN collect rainwater and funnel it to the freshwater tanks.
Would need a way to drain away from the sail though...
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Hi Dave
What you are referring to is called hay rack (here in South Africa!) and I have a good mate in the mast and boom game and that is what he calls it. I am busy with a new build of a 50ft semi custom cat and I will definitely being going with a hay rack on my boom. I would caution against doing this in solid form as it could trap rain water and this can cause mildew etc to form in your sail. Another way to do this is to look at the attached photo ..... this design is light and very strong and has the added benefit of being grab rail will working at the boom. Then between the two outer edges of the hay rack you need to fit a strong mesh for the sail to rest on (and you can walk on it if need be) these can be made with a track - for the stack pack bag and the mesh support. The mesh allows for breathability and to stops birds trying to make nests in your stack pack when you are not on the boat! The only down side I can see for this design is that the boom will hit the shrouds slightly earlier on run. If this is an issue for you then you can build the hay rack in two sections with gap for the shrouds ..... A friend did this on his mono for this reason.
Other positives to this hay rack design are it makes raising the main a lot easier as the lazy jacks are a lot wider and your stack will be lower (as you mentioned) and the management of the whole stack pack becomes easier.
Good point,

I like the solid form. I'll put some thought into it. Thinking now maybe a removable, or if not possible, a permanent fast drying lining that suspends the sail above the tray to allow it to breathe.
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Good point,

I like the solid form. I'll put some thought into it. Thinking now maybe a removable, or if not possible, a permanent fast drying lining that suspends the sail above the tray to allow it to breathe.
I agree the solid form has a far better asthetic
You could fit or mould a track into the hay rack to suspend the mesh above the boom to create ventilation and/or maybe even put some small breather holes along the hay rack (at its lowest section) to allow it to drain quicker. Dont forget ot close the end of too otherwise you will have a bird nesting there in a flash

The only downsides of the solid form (IMHO) are that you lose the grab hold functionality (not a big deal) and price (which might be )

If you fit a track to the top of each side of your design you can then fit an easy to remove top section stack pack that can zip the whole thing closed and protect your sail but can easily be removed for longer passages to improve sail performance .
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This is what I have come up with. It should minimise windage when the sail is down.

The back end should hide the sail in the silhouette of the boom but the forward end will sit well up above and slightly below so I can't remove all the windage.

I thought about the antler rack type of platform but it will create turbulence where the tray type should improve air flow and reduce the air spilling under the sail. I don't know by how much but it can be by a surprisingly significant amount, my expectations are lower but I expect I will notice the difference.

The biggest step in performance should come from having no sail cover to shroud 4sqm of sail.

I haven't drawn up the braces, fixings, grab, strap, drain, or press stud holes until I have a final measure. I'm worried about the stack of sail cars up the mast 1.2m so I have decided to do the sail cover in two parts, the first is easy along the mast. The second one to wrap the mast I'll measure up once it is in place.


Any feed back would be appreciated.




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This looks like a great idea. Easy to laser cut slots for drainage before folding the trays.
Would you still need lazyjacks? I would love to get rid of them and am liking this idea.
Please keep us informed of your progress
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I will have a look, will have to scan it because it was pre digital cameras.. 1990... doesn't seem that long ago... Here is the only digital photo I have...
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I agree the solid form has a far better asthetic
You could fit or mould a track into the hay rack to suspend the mesh above the boom to create ventilation and/or maybe even put some small breather holes along the hay rack (at its lowest section) to allow it to drain quicker. Dont forget ot close the end of too otherwise you will have a bird nesting there in a flash

The only downsides of the solid form (IMHO) are that you lose the grab hold functionality (not a big deal) and price (which might be )

If you fit a track to the top of each side of your design you can then fit an easy to remove top section stack pack that can zip the whole thing closed and protect your sail but can easily be removed for longer passages to improve sail performance .
I think I've decided.

I am going to change the profile of the haystack so that the folds at the outer edges of the sail are supported when collapsed holding the sail above the platform then cut drain holes and grab handles into it.
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This looks like a great idea. Easy to laser cut slots for drainage before folding the trays.
Would you still need lazyjacks? I would love to get rid of them and am liking this idea.
Please keep us informed of your progress
I am going to cut holes for attaching the lazy jacks because I think I will still need them but if it looks like they are unnecessary I can remove them.

It would be nice to loose them.

I'll post up my progress.
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