Snapped my boom today westerly Tiger 25

Colin K

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How on earth did you do that?

Was it sailing related or were you using it for something it was not designed for? Intrigued.

I do have a spare boom from a Kingfisher 26' which is a simular era boat? If you get stuck then I am on board in a week or so depending on SWMBO letting me get away and so I could measure it then to see if its suitable.

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In that case - being in Winchester - maybe ' The Chandlery Barge ' at Bursledon might be worth a call; I haven't been there for years so check before going, but they always used to have secondhand spars, loads of secondhand general chandlery too.
 

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It seems to me that it is not so hard to fabricate a boom from Ali tubing of suitable diameter and thickness. However I was very fortunate to find some broken carbon fibre mast (round section) that worked out really well as a 10ft long boom. It is about 3kg lighter than the old boom so much more gentle in a crash gybe. I changed the design a fair bit from the original. (loose footed main) Used webbing loops for main sheet attachment and blocks for outhaul and (one) reef only on the top of the boom. I use double sided velcro wrap for clew attachment. I fitted a double turning block inside the boom at the gooseneck to bring out outhaul and reef lines. All very satisfactory and very much more head friendly. PM me if you want more ideas. olewill
 

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Thanks yes retries every place I can think to find one. I was sailing
On inspection it had a week point on it and to many holes in with stuff added. Good news is did not have kids on board. Cheers Paul
 

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There is a W25 rotting slowly on the beach at the side of Conwy Castle. The HM can probably tell you whether it is abandoned and I expect you could just womble the boom.
Also there is a defunct boat sales yard on Shepcote Lane in Sheffield which has had a W25 abandoned in there for at least 10 years. It was called Sheffield Marine. Last time I went past it was still there.
 

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We snapped a boom off Camaret on a delivery to Algarve by gybing with preventer on, is that what happened? We then proceeded with a loose footed main so keep looking for boom while you keep sailing.
 

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We snapped a boom off Camaret on a delivery to Algarve by gybing with preventer on, is that what happened? We then proceeded with a loose footed main so keep looking for boom while you keep sailing.

" Loose footed main" seems to mean 2 different things here. Some boats have been designed with what you might call a loose footed main where the clew of the main is hauled out to a point aft perhaps on the stern deck such that it sets like a jib. This sheeting point is critical both in fore and aft and athwart ships location and even then is really only correct for close hauled. Yes OP may be able to do that to work without a boom. But main will look and perform badly.
More common these days is a lose footed main where the foot of the sail is not attached to the boom. Just the clew. The other way being a bolt rope in a track on the boom seems to have little advantage except perhaps in sealing off the end effect from the sail. I have and would advocate this kind of loose footed main sail. The frirst kind might be useful for a jury rig. olewill
 

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Hello Paul, old booms often corrode or at least the fitting can do, in 2013 I had my boom stolen from my boat when it was tied to the stanchions and asked a similar question to you. However, I ended up applying to my insurance company thinking they would then load my following years premium but they didn't and so all I had to pay was my excess which I recall was around £150 and my new Z spars boom was way better than the old one and I have had single line reefing fitted within it. Perhaps that is another option for you. Cheers, Kevin
 
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