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Old 07-10-2012
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Furling Boom

Hi all,

I have another question about the boat and would appreciate your experience and expertise.

It has a furling boom....and I have to be very careful or the boom detaches from the mast. When the sail furls, because it is still in the slot in the mast, it tends to furl to the edge of the boom and I think that helps push the boom away from the mast.

The other day, with the sail furled, I tightened up the mainsheet and the boom fell right off. I realized later that my topping lift was wrapped around itself and I am sure that didn't help, but it seems like a real precarious situation at best.

Is there supposed to be a washer or something that holds the boom on? Right now there is just a smooth pin on the mast that the boom slides over. It seems like there should be something at the end of the pin to make it more secure. Then again, I am not sure how you would attach it after the boom is already on the mast.

Am I missing something? Thanks for your help!

--Willie
S/V Dhyana
Arnold, MD
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