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Unhappy Broken Boom End-Cap (Big Freaking Sails related)

So on Sunday it was blowing 20 - 25 here in Charleston, my mom and her boyfriend were in town. He'd helped me bring the boat up the 80 miles or so of coast from Hilton Head to Charleston, SC in light winds and was looking forward to going out in the harbor and hauling ass, so against my better judgment I didn't reef the main and kept all my gennie out too. Out past Fort Sumter I hear a "BANG!" followed by my main flapping and my boom flew over to leeward

I dropped the main and corralled the boom back on board and the solid metal cap at the end of the boom had broken off! doh.....now I wish I'd reefed. I was able to rerig the mainsheet to another horn on the boom cap (not sure of it's real name)

so.........what do I do? Do I get a new loop of sorts welded on? Do I buy a replacement for the cap, if so where do I find one?

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Just have a loop made out in Dyneema and attach to the other good ones...

Will last an eternity and look racey, too...

Dou you have a side view of the boom end??

What broke?? the loop on the 6 o'clock position?

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HERE MNADE A DRWING


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So on Sunday it was blowing 20 - 25 here in Charleston, my mom and her boyfriend were in town. He'd helped me bring the boat up the 80 miles or so of coast from Hilton Head to Charleston, SC in light winds and was looking forward to going out in the harbor and hauling ass, so against my better judgment I didn't reef the main and kept all my gennie out too. Out past Fort Sumter I hear a "BANG!" followed by my main flapping and my boom flew over to leeward

I dropped the main and corralled the boom back on board and the solid metal cap at the end of the boom had broken off! doh.....now I wish I'd reefed. I was able to rerig the mainsheet to another horn on the boom cap (not sure of it's real name)

so.........what do I do? Do I get a new loop of sorts welded on? Do I buy a replacement for the cap, if so where do I find one?

eeeeek.....

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Grind off the sharp edges and install a boom bale.
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Steve waht is a boom bale? can you show me a photo, please?
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Steve waht is a boom bale? can you show me a photo, please?
It the thing that my main sheet block is attached to in this photo.

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Sorry, I don't have that picture in this computer.

I wanted to post a picture of a Schaefer boom bale from the Sailnet store but I couldn't find it.

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You could grind off what's left of the broken loop and then either add a tang, or add a bail. In order to add a tang, you'd need to get the end fitting off and drill a hole through it for a bolt to hold the tang. For a bail, you'll need to drill through the boom and through bolt the tang. In either case, make sure the bail or tang are sufficiently beefy to carry the load.

Here's a link that shows both a bail and a tang.

Dwyer Aluminum Mast Company- Manufacturers of Quality Sailboat Masts, Booms, Hardware and Rigging Since 1963.
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that looks like the same fitting as on our GulfStar 37 except our is bronze chrome plated. you should be able to find one at a salvage yard, i would think.
don't know as i would stay with alum. though
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if you look at web sight quickstep192 posted and go to the bottom left of sight you will see a boom bale (our terminology)
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Thank you..obviously I know what it is but not what you call it..and I see you can call it bail or bale..which is even more confused..

I'd still go with a simple dyneema loop, cheap, light and no driling or anything..

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Giu, do you use Dyneema for your lifelines?
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