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Created by SongofWind 25 days ago, 2 Feb 2020
SongofWind
10 posts
2 Feb 2020 10:17PM
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I am going to get a new boom. I basically narrow down to three choices: NP Forged aluminum, Gun Sail Select, Unifiber carbon boom

Want to fit all sails for one boom, Max. Sail size up to 7.5, min. 5.5 or 5m later

The NP one is aluminum, so stiffness is an issue? How does it compared to some cheapish carbon boom? But I like their fancy internal adjustable outhaul??

Pricewise, Gun Select is about double of NP forged boom

Me, lightweight sailor. Previous had broken one Chinook Alloy 152-214 boom around 2 years, probably due to using it in full extension

Anyone with experience are welcome to share.

Grantmac
155 posts
3 Feb 2020 1:24AM
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I just crunched the numbers on boom cost/benefits and went with a carbon as being cheaper in the long run. Got a good deal on a Simmer SX8 and am well pleased.

Imax1
QLD, 2410 posts
3 Feb 2020 7:08AM
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I don't know about the Gun boom , but I do own a Unifiber carbon boom which I am happy with . I'm heavy and it's stiff and strong so far . I'd definately choose it over the NP alloy boom.
Go carbon.

Waiting4wind
NSW, 1846 posts
3 Feb 2020 8:23AM
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I have a cheap carbon boom and it's now been going for over 13 years and always used on 8m sail with me at 85kg. I've gone through many alu booms in that time frame. The only maintenance with the carbon is the locking clips which corrode and break the plastic.
I've since replaced all 3 of my alu booms with carbon.

Look at second hand as well.

AusMoz
QLD, 1121 posts
3 Feb 2020 5:54PM
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I will never use an alloy boom again!!! Just get a carbon boom.

Rob11
224 posts
3 Feb 2020 5:07PM
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Waiting4wind said..
I have a cheap carbon boom and it's now been going for over 13 years and always used on 8m sail with me at 85kg. I've gone through many alu booms in that time frame. The only maintenance with the carbon is the locking clips which corrode and break the plastic.
I've since replaced all 3 of my alu booms with carbon.

Look at second hand as well.


Out of interest this is 13 years sailing 3-4 times a week or 3-4 times a year or less?

sboardcrazy
NSW, 6875 posts
4 Feb 2020 12:19PM
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I'm a lightweight but after having 2 alloy boom breaking out in the middle of the lake I've switched to carbon.
Also much stiffer and better acceleration when the wind hits.

SongofWind
10 posts
4 Feb 2020 10:06AM
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Thanks for everyone. I will try to get a carbon one. This is a safety issue as well, as I often sail kilometres from shore. Leaning towards Gun Sail Select. Still undecided between 160-220 or 180-240 :) The smaller one has a narrower grip

gorgesailor
263 posts
5 Feb 2020 3:23AM
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SongofWind said..
Thanks for everyone. I will try to get a carbon one. This is a safety issue as well, as I often sail kilometres from shore. Leaning towards Gun Sail Select. Still undecided between 160-220 or 180-240 :) The smaller one has a narrower grip


Get the biggest boom that will fit your smallest sail. Otherwise get a cheaper Alloy boom for your small sails & get Carbon for your most used sizes.



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