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Options for replacing a busted boom on Florida's east coast?
I finally heard at one remove what's happening to my delivery crew wife via the skipper's wife, who is in Toronto with a broken leg.
My non-broken wife is down in the Bahamas and was to help deliver (with others) an Ontario 32 from Eleuthera, Bahamas to New York City and then up the Hudson and the canal to Lake Ontario. She went down Sunday, May 31st.
I heard yesterday that they are at Current Cut, Bahamas with a broken boom (better there than 400 miles out, I suppose) and are proposing to go due west to Florida (around Fort Pierce) to replace this boom. They may be already underway under engine and poled-out genoa on a 36 hour, 140 NM trip to get there. There's no advantage in hanging around the Bahamas with a busted boom.
Given that Florida is about the biggest salvage lot on Earth, I would love to use the deep thinkers here on Sailnet to render constructive advice that I can pass to the Toronto-based wife so that she can advise her husband when he reaches Florida. Basically, they need a complete boom of 13-14 feet suitable for the ocean and with all the goodies on it. It could be brand-new or used, and I don't know the details of the mainsheet or bail locations, but that was probably preserved. It sounded like a more or less orderly failure in light airs, so the main is likely OK. I do know that it has a foot for the track and slugs, old school style.
I wish I knew more detail, but as I said, this is at one remove. I found a place online called Wallaby's Fabrications in Fort Pierce, but I haven't contacted them. Frankly, I don't even know where they'll come in at Florida, but I would like to provide some phone numbers.
As a friend of mine pointed out, even if she doesn't do the delivery, equipment failures (and how to deal with them) are part of cruising and are instructive in their own right.
Any help from Florida-based posters will be appreciated.
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