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Bud Taplin
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Rod,

I have sold probably 50 or so of these stainless boomkins, and the only failure I have heard of was with a broken boomkin stay wire, the boomkin pulled up, and one of the welds broke on the end fitting. The owner was able to have the end piece rewelded. There is no need for any heavier metal in the construction. The boomkin will droop down if the backstay is released, but should not break off. I would not suggest jumping up and down on it though with the backstay removed. If you are concerned, you could always go to two rigid tubes for the boomkin stays, instead of wire.

I have seen wind generators and radar posts mounted on the stainless boomkin, with a windvane, stern pulpit, and mainsheet hoop. I have even seen teak seats installed across the mid-rails of the pulpit, and outboard motor brackets installed on the pulpit. You should consider the option of the fixed upper rails on the stern pulpit if you plan to add all this stuff to the boomkin. Some of the load is then transfered to the boom gallows.

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