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Another option is to find a boom off another boat used and cheep. A laser mast could be retrofitted, perhaps a hobie mast or boom. Look for a bombed out hull in the local club (ours cut up a few last year with a chainsaw) and see if they will part with the spars for less.
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I think the cheapest way would be to go with wood again, and take all your hardware from your old boom. Thats what I would do. Pretty simple too
Precisely !!!!!! find a lumber yard who deals in PRIME GRADE wood 2x4's, select a straight grain, 'clear' - with NO knots - 2x4X12 ft. long. - go through the 'pile' and choose only perfectly STRAIGHT wood and 'clear' with NO KNOTS - eyeball it on all '4 corners' for straightness.

The foot length dimension of a M16 main is 10,33 ft., the MC is 11 ft. .... so a 12ft. CLEAR GRAIN fir or hem-fir 2x4x12 ft. (about $8.00+ for 'clear grain' , no KNOTS) would be your cheapest way.
BTW - You're NOT going to find PRIME Grade 2x4x12 ft. in a Home Depot or Lowes or other 'big box' stores.

No need to bore-in a boltrope track, just fly the mainsail 'loose footed' - no track slugs, no boom track. Carefully PRIME + OIL BASED enamel, etc. (many coats) to retard moisture uptake to prevent warping, etc. Use all the hardware you already have on the rotted boom ... just carefully 'bed it in' to the new 2x4
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I think the cheapest way would be to go with wood again, and take all your hardware from your old boom. Thats what I would do. Pretty simple too
Precisely !!!!!! find a lumber yard who deals in PRIME GRADE wood 2x4's, select a straight grain, 'clear - with NO knots - 2x4X12 ft. long. - go through the 'pile' and choose only perfectly STRAIGHT wood and 'clear' with NO KNOTS - eyeball it on all '4 corners' for straightness.

The foot length dimension of a M16 main is 10,33 ft., the MC is 11 ft. .... so a 12ft. CLEAR GRAIN fir or hem-fir 2x4x12 ft. (about $8.00+ for 'clear grain' , no KNOTS) would be your cheapest way.
BTW - You're NOT going to find PRIME Grade 2x4x12 ft. in a Home Depot or Lowes or other 'big box' stores.

No need to bore-in a boltrope track, just fly the mainsail 'loose footed' - no track slugs, no boom track. Carefully PRIME + OIL BASED enamel, etc. ...(many coats, especially covering the 'end grain' at the butt ends to retard moisture uptake to prevent warping, etc. Use all the hardware you already have on the rotted boom ... just carefully 'bed it in' to the new 2x4
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You specified the cheapest. Many thousands of small working sailboats go to sea with a sapling for a boom.
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I would price out a piece of Aluminum Tube before going with the PVC as its pretty flexible even in #80 and will be hard to fasten stuff to it compare to Aluminum as you should be able to get a hunk for about 60 bucks
Reckon this could be the best and possibly cheapest answer. You have all the hardware already.
Just can,t see the plastic having the rigidity over 10ft length when the wind blows and you need to harden up the foot.
Look around the local machine shops or scrap yards. Never know what you might find. Theres all sorts of extrusions in use and the shape isn,t as important as strength.
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