I ended up handing my original setup off to a friend who never ended up using and got a new piece of bamboo from Wickerbutt who grows it on his land. This one lasted about six years when I finally noticed that it was splitting.
|About half of the boom is now split|
|Sailing down the St. John River|
|This is how it looks under sail|
Now this is an easy and straight forward project providing you want to use bamboo. Since I know that what I have works I am going the same route. The first thing is I need to trim down the new bamboom, it's a tad too long but I know that the old one was a tad to long as well. I can afford to cut.
|Old with eye hook, new still to be cut|
Turning to the end that attaches to the mast I am going to use the exact same way of doing it. It is simply a rope looped in and then tied over with a touch of duct tape to help shape the loop for the mast. Again, has worked for years!
|Simple and effective|
Next will come untying this and trying to remember how in the hell I did this in the first place. I have thought about using some glass and epoxy to strengthen everything but sometimes the KISS way of doing things is the best.
More to Come
February 18, 2012
Today seemed like a good day to finish off the new boom. I cut the new bamboo to the length I had decided on and set the eye hook in the end. There was enough wood to go that route but if it starts to fail I'll go with plumber's epoxy.
Setting the booms side by side I started by unwrapping the old one.
As you can see it's a mighty simple rig but works just fine. A length of rope held on with more rope, a couple of crappy knots and some duct tape!
|I suck at tying knots|
|All new rope, should last a few years!|
|A Done Deal|
Now it's on to rebuilding some gunwales for an Explorer and a total rehab of Mad River Malecite!