Boom Recommendations? + Mastbase Comment

From: David R. Fielder (
Date: Thu Jul 30 1998 - 09:57:26 PDT

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Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 09:57:26 -0700
From: (David R. Fielder)
Subject: Boom Recommendations? + Mastbase Comment

Just broke third carbon boom in about as many years (just snapped at head
end, followed by tail end, but manuf is being accommodating, so no negative
comments). Was on "wrong" tack and far from home, so used derig/boom flip
and sailed home in harness with broken off half stashed in footstrap - it

Question is, what boom do larger guys (Justin?) use that seem to last
longer, particularly for 6.5-7.5 sails? Carbon vs. Aluminum and new carbon
front end comments? I use this boom about 50x per season in Berkeley chop,

Also, does anyone have a 6ft boom for sale?

Final comment re yesterday's separated mastbase ordeal at Crissy. Seems
like everyone should use two bolt bases to avoid just that accident of
slipping out?

Thanks for any advice you can share...

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