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keycocker



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had trouble with those North ovals too.
The North Carbons we once sold lasted about two years.
The only tests we do with spreading booms is at the site, with my very old Aeron HPLs. On the other hand, the carbons we are comparing them with are rarely new.
As I say, I agree with everyone who doesn't have a late model moncoque to compare. Your older alums aren't as good as your new or old carbons.
If you never tried a moncoque then the data you are using is sure to make you continue forever with carbon.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a lot of Chinook, both alloy and carbon, must be reason I continue with them. The newest front clamp is well designed.

If buying in a store, any brand , I would recommend moving the end piece to make sure it fits the holes precisely.

Both Maui Sails and Hot Sails Maui have booms that I like.

North , I had 2 and both had the clew end cleat plastic device crack ,
the photos of the new ones look the same, but North said they weren't compatible, the tail piece from a Chinook fit fine, so used it

This area to me falls into the you get what you pay for category

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have looked at many a spreadsheet at work (who hasn't), but I had never done one until a friend showed me one he used to justify his expenses to his spouse. I thought he was nuts, but when Numbers came out for the Mac, I thought I would try it, since I was logging my sessions anyway.

One of the biggest surprises, was how cost effective a carbon boom purchase is. If you track cost per session, you will be impressed. It is especially nice when you you pick up a nice (mildly) used one. The value when you factor in how nice they feel just adds to things. I think everyone would choose carbon regardless of sail size if they felt they could afford it. All would agree, it is most noticeable the bigger sail size you go.

Sure if you break one early, it is a tough loss, but most will last multiple regrips, and still perform almost as good as new.

If you can afford the initial cost, my advice is just do it, and enjoy them. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Booms I had hoped to collate a massive survey of all the booms available to North America. Putting all the critical dimensions in one place so comparisons could be easily viewed was perhaps a good idea, but alas, it was too much data to effectively assemble and use in the space of this blog. However, I did learn a lot...

This blog article will help you sort through the sea of possibility:

http://danewsblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/pwa-live-webcast-booms-first-big-swell.html
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:46 am    Post subject: Re: Boom Recommendations? Reply with quote

RhodeIsland wrote:
Intermediate/advanced surfer - around 4+ yrs of experience. Conditions generally choppy water and not too much slalom stuff, really looking for something to power up a 7.5m and go in a straight line. Any recs/advice welcome! Thank you!


FWIW: I love my MauiSails carbon booms. They have great, simple attachments, the build quality is nice and their range of adjustment just fantastic.

Actually, that is why I have one unused 170-230cm for sale (PM me if interested), since my 150cm and a MS race boom are all I need anymore.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PM'd you about it. Thanks!
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jingebritsen



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.epicgearusa.com/

http://www.epicgearusa.com/windsurfingBooms.php

i like aeron too. don't like their v-grip for my mainly wave sailing though.

http://progressivesports.com/windsurfing-booms.php

cheers.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been wondering the same thing as RhodeIsland. I invested in carbon booms over 20 years ago after breaking several aluminum booms over a course of four years. My 20+ year old fiberspar booms are still going strong. The largest sail I can rig on what I have now is7.5. I am now considering buying a 9.0, so I'll need new booms. The price of carbon is way up there, but if I spend $200.00+ for aluminum and they break in a few years, it's money down the drain. I'm really tempted to try one of the newer aluminum booms. The only reference I have to aluminum booms is 25 year old stuff. Has the durability really improved that much? A good friend of mine just broke his 4 year old Chinook aluminum booms. Metal fatigues with repeated flexing, that will never change. I've about made up my mind to buy carbon, but not quite.
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jingebritsen



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aeron MCT 29

2013 Aeron MCT 29 175-225cm got it recently. it's pretty good. just got the
2013 Aeron Carbon 175-225cm it weighs about the same as the MCT, but is way stiffer.

some years ago, carbon booms became quite a bit heavier. they used to be really light, but broke far too easily. carbon is stffer, and lasts way longer, but costs 2.5 to 3 times more.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

slinky:

Aluminum boom for a 9.0???!!! Are you nuts? If you only weigh 140 lbs., maybe, but I'd still go carbon, otherwise your boom will feel like your screen name, slinky.

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