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Old 05-02-2020, 18:56   #1
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Seldom rodkickers

Does anyone out there know the force in Newtons needed for the gas strut in a Selden “ rodkicker” boom vang to be used on a 2007 Bavaria 42 Cruiser??? Mick
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Old 05-02-2020, 19:05   #2
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Re: Seldom rodkickers

It is a Rodkicker 30 or a 20? Usually, these are set up with 2500N gas struts, but there is an "option" for a 5000N version. This would be complete overkill on a 42, and would require some serious tension in the vang to pull it down.

I have a Rodkicker 30 on a 50' Bavaria, with a 2500N stainless gas strut purchased from SGS Engineering in the UK online for about 100 quid. Identical in every way to the original, except it's stainless. Holds up the boom just fine.
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Old 06-02-2020, 13:15   #3
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Re: Seldom rodkickers

If you happen to be looking for a spare gas strut. I’ve got a genuine selden one 2500N for series 30. We replaced ours thinking the strut had failed. It hasn’t. The vang fitting had slid along the boom. Oops.
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