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Boomless loose footed mainsail

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Created by garymalmgren A week ago, 10 Jul 2019
garymalmgren
225 posts
10 Jul 2019 10:47PM
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Well I think it's called that



Gary

Sectorsteve
NSW, 2125 posts
11 Jul 2019 3:10AM
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Makes me wonder. Booms. Do we need em?

Ramona
NSW, 5034 posts
11 Jul 2019 8:08AM
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I've sailed navy 27 foot whalers with no booms. It's OK with a gaff rig, the gaff holds the main out when you bear away to sail down wind. With out the gaff it would be hopeless!

LooseChange
NSW, 1964 posts
11 Jul 2019 9:17AM
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The Hobie Getaway has a boomless main and while controlling the sail is somewhat problematic this is mitigated by having a full width traveller.
I found the system to work reasonably well, at least as well as anything Hobie can work.

sydchris
NSW, 223 posts
11 Jul 2019 1:17PM
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Booms are optional if done right:





LooseChange
NSW, 1964 posts
11 Jul 2019 3:28PM
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sydchris said..
Booms are optional if done right:






They certainly are.

Chris249
247 posts
11 Jul 2019 5:59PM
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It depends on what you call "done right". You can't get the same sail control without a boom. Many years ago there were some high performance cats without booms but even there they have found a boom allows more control over sail shape, angle and twist.

The boom can also take lots of the load off the mainsheet, making trimming the sails lighter work.

japie
QLD, 5065 posts
11 Jul 2019 8:12PM
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I've got eight booms on mine!

The more booms the better!





LooseChange
NSW, 1964 posts
11 Jul 2019 8:27PM
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japie said..
I've got eight booms on mine!

The more booms the better!






Boom Boom!!

japie
QLD, 5065 posts
11 Jul 2019 9:49PM
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Actually they go crack, crack, crack if you don't pay attention and have a fan up!

garymalmgren
225 posts
11 Jul 2019 8:19PM
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They go snap snap if they are bamboo.

The picture of tan sails and the junk rig brought memories.
I sailed on Burong Bahri from Bali to Nusa Trengannu in 1978.
the good thing was you could pull in and get new booms.

gary

All@Sea
TAS, 93 posts
12 Jul 2019 9:59AM
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Sorta boomless - from the :Interesting boats for sale" thread -

woko
NSW, 476 posts
12 Jul 2019 8:51PM
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So the Bolger jobs mizzen is a lug, whats that main ? Leg o mutton ?

And by the way Gary great thread.

garymalmgren
225 posts
12 Jul 2019 10:05PM
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Thank you for your kind comment. Woko.

Gary

the truth
QLD, 172 posts
13 Jul 2019 9:41AM
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All@Sea said..
Sorta boomless - from the :Interesting boats for sale" thread -


would say that this has a half wish bone boom

All@Sea
TAS, 93 posts
13 Jul 2019 2:46PM
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the truth said..

All@Sea said..
Sorta boomless - from the :Interesting boats for sale" thread -



would say that this has a half wish bone boom


I'd agree, hence "sorta" - Two 1/2 booms on two sails... two 1/2 booms doing 3/4 the job of 2... sorta kinda.



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