Anyway, that temporary boom has been quite permanent on my Goat Island Skiff for the next two sailing seasons. It has always been a little wobbly, especially since I use my sail loose-footed. The tension along the foot slightly distorts the boom and I do lose some power.
I decided this winter to finally fix this boom. Originally I was going to build a fancy shmancy box boom like many of my Goat Island Skiff compatriots. I went over to Goose Bay Lumber and purchased a bunch of cedar for $63 and cut it into a bunch of strips only to realize it would be way wobbly. So then I got some Doug Fir for $15 and cut it up and put together another box boom, but I still wasn't happy with it.
So screw it! I decided to take my old boom and slap on one of those DF strips to the top of my boom, to compliment the lower horizontal piece. I am proud of my laziness. BEHOLD FRANKENBOOM!
|All mocked up!|
|All glued up!|
|All sanded up!|
That being said I have some very nice strips of western red cedar, no knots, 12' long, for sale.
On a side, the inrepid reader may also be interested in following my slow-poke restoration of my Beverly Dinghy.