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Anyone regrip booms in NJ, E-PA, S-NY, W-CT, W-LI area?
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ChopEater



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:32 am    Post subject: Anyone regrip booms in NJ, E-PA, S-NY, W-CT, W-LI area? Reply with quote

I have a friend ( no really... a friend Shocked ) who needs his boom regripped.

Found a DIY kit, and it's a possibility... but wondered if anyone nearby does that kind of thing and could git'er'done ...
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dwr888



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I need a coupla booms done too ..
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just wondering how old are these booms? Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you've been sailing long enough, chances are you've regripped a boom or two. If you paid me to do it again, you'd save money buying a new one. What a f....king chore.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

evans wrote:
Just wondering how old are these booms? Shocked
My friend's is.... I'd guess... 8-12 yrs. old... Carbon
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your friends hands are on the small size in terms of span, I highly recommend that he simply scape off all the grip with a razor blade and leave it bare. I did that with an old set of Fiberspar wave booms and love them! Fiberspar even tested this back when. Most testers loved the no-grip boom but Fiberspar decided to go with grip for marketing reasons. The boom is not at all slippery and is less likely to lead to callousing. Holding the boom becomes less fatiguing since there is less effort needed.

The only downside is it looks a bit funky and you certainly feel the lack of cushioning if it clanks you in the head during a waterstart. Small potatoes for what you gain.

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scargo



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lots has probably been written about this already, but I'm wondering if you could just wrap the boom in some kind of grip tape. You see that all the time on bikes in NYC, and it seems quite durable, water resistant, etc.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BITD, I've used grip tape on my ice axes, before that, the rubber grips that slide onto baseball bats etc. The grip tape was great, but really ate through gloves fast. I imagine they'd either tear up your hands fast or build really thick calluses. The equally inexpensive baseball bat grips allowed for great grip with little weight, but tore too easily during normal use.

Pairs of bat grips could be slid on and used only where your hands are placed on either side of your harness lines, reducing weight and expense.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One reason I don't throw down the big bucks for a carbon boom. just buy a new one every two years.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DanWeiss wrote:
...scape off all the grip with a razor blade and leave it bare. ....
Quite a few good ideas popping up here... and Dan, your "no grip boom" suggestion sounds like it would be worth trying, but did it create....

any splinter problems?... especially with bare hands...

Many thanks to all....
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