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Rod Lawson

Bud, I see in your service manual the stainless boomkin similar to that used on the W28. I would like to use one of these, but wonder if you could assist with the following: What are the advantages/disadvantages to the original timber boomkin? On the W28 there appears to be only 1 chainplate on either side. Is this sufficient, as the timber boomkin has 3 mounts either side on the deck which seem to offer much greater support. Are there any improvements you could suggest to strengthen the s/s boomkin design, ie: heavier gauge s/s, larger/more chainplates? Also can you see any problem with integrating a pushpit rail/wind generator pole onto the s/s boomkin?
I imagine there is considerable strain on the boomkin, but that strain should be countered by the stays on top and bottom to even the load. My concern would be that if one of the stays broke the boomkin would just rip out of the hull. Many thanks in advance.
Rod Lawson

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