Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Boom Install Blog #127

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

Putting the boom back in place should be a simple and straightforward little chore. Not so.

Once again, my ingenuity has been challenged and my DIY skills have been tested. The issue with this project was the bolts holding the boom in place on the mast. In my research I discovered that there isn’t a lot of stress placed on the up / down (vertical) travel of the boom. The bulk of the pressure is applied horizontally. When the sails are up and pulling, the boom is pressing into the mast. So with this bit of knowledge I wasn’t too concerned about the bolts in the mast.

With the old bolt holes stripped out I had the option of moving the goose-neck up above the old holes, or down, below them. I called the sail maker and asked what direction I should go. He responded that going up would be the appropriate choice. So that’s where the goose neck went – about 6″ higher than it was. This choice will come back to bite me in the bum at a later date.

Never-the-lesss, here’s how it went down:

As always fair winds, following seas, and God bless.

Little Bear Westsail 32 refit: Le Boom! Vlog #126

Arrrrr me hearties. Welcome aboard.

The mast is up but it has no boom! Fortunately the boom is a much smaller bit of hardware, one which can be easily handled by one old pirate.

I started by stripping it, cleaning the stainless, sanding, sanding, yet more sanding, priming, painting, and then reinstalling the hardware. I ran into the same stainless / aluminium corrosion issue that I found on the mast. I had to make time to buy bits and pieces so that I was prepared with Helicoils and other requisite stuff. I used Locktite Blue to provide a barrier between the stainless screws & bolts and the aluminum boom. The riggers advised me to use a product called ‘Lanocote’ and I ordered some but it didn’t arrive till after I had everything assembled already.

Experience is a wonderful thing. If I were to refit another boat I would know what tools and products I would likely need so I could order them beforehand. This would make projects MUCH shorter in terms of time. I have wasted a LOT of time waiting for things to be ordered / arrive. I suppose this also explains why taking things apart is so much faster than putting them back together.

As always fair winds, following seas, and God bless.