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Bud Taplin

The wood boomkin is certainly prone to rot, and must be carefully checked quite often. That is the reason I designed a stainless steel boomkin, and it is the only one I sell. I have also made a kit to attach split backstays to the hull, however it does require cutting down the main boom, and moving the boom gallows forward. Another alternative is to use a ridgid boom vang, and eliminate the head knocking boom gallows from the aft deck. This is a plus as far as I am concerned.

A mainsheet attachment on the boomkin gives the most power and ease of trimming the mainsail, but it is necessary to use a vang to keep the proper shape in the mainsail. A traveler across the bridgdeck is the best location for power and trim, however it does interfere with a dodger, and can make exiting from below difficult. A traveler across the cabintop will work, but requires a good purchase on the car to move it port to starboard to properly trim the mainsail. It also puts a strain on the midpoint of the boom, and you have to be careful to not put a permanent bend in the boom.

Three different locations, each with plus and minus. Take your choice.

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