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02-11-2011 06:58 PM
centaursailor
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Originally Posted by tommays View Post
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.
Safe sailing
02-11-2011 06:06 PM
FishSticks You specified the cheapest. Many thousands of small working sailboats go to sea with a sapling for a boom.
02-11-2011 05:52 PM
RichH
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Originally Posted by PeterSailer View Post
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
:-)
02-11-2011 05:49 PM
RichH
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Originally Posted by PeterSailer View Post
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
:-)
02-11-2011 05:44 PM
baboon 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.
02-11-2011 05:31 PM
BigZ Dwyer Masts has extrusions and fittings for not too much money. Get the parts and assemble it yourself.
Would probably be over 100 though, but less than 200.
02-11-2011 04:37 PM
PeterSailer 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
02-11-2011 02:44 PM
tommays 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
02-11-2011 02:08 PM
randyj001
great ideas

Going with PVC definitely sounds like it's worth giving a shot. QuickMick sums up my feelings pretty nicely, I don't want to drop $500 on a new boom only to have the hull disintegrate on me a few months down the road. I wasn't even aware that the main could be attached as a loose foot, but this would certainly be much easier (and more in the range of my DIY skill level). For a loose footed attachment, is the sail only connected to the boom at the clew? I've been browsing other posts, but I'm not seeing anything that makes this completely clear. Anyway, thanks for the great advice, and wish me luck!
02-11-2011 01:58 PM
bubb2
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Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
Go schedule 80..it's stronger... heavier too... but if you're going cheap...sch 80 makes more sense.
Agreed, you were going with schedule 80 you could probably go with 2 inch on a boat that size.

I once made a adjustable whisker pole with 2" and a piece of 1 1/2" that slid on the inside of the 2" all out of schedule 40 for a 19 foot Y- Flyer that I had at the time. It worked well.
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