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Teak Boomkin

scott caskey


I'm considering replacing the Teak Boomkin with more of the same. thought I'd check to see if you still have the ruggedized stainless crossmember available. I'm guessing the original owner requested teak for the boomkin and sprit. Do you know of any other Westsails using teak for these elements. I realize Stainless is the best wood for the job, that said do you see any reason not to consider teak for this application as it is primarily in compression.


Bud Taplin

Teak would probably be fine, though somewhat expensive, for the boomkin. I do have the SS crosspiece available.

Michael Yuille and Rosemary Wilson

Scott: I replaced our boomkin last year with high grade straight grain quarter-sawn douglas fir. Worked out well, looks great and was relatively easy to do. I had to dry it properly, sealed it with penetrating epoxy and then, varnished it with a number of coats before attaching the hardware. With all I've read Douglas fir is good for these applications due to its strength to weight ratios and, it has a good record regarding natural rot resistance due to its resins.

Micheal Yuille
W32 #724 Kibitka

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