Help! How do I free stuck boom extensions

Help! How do I free stuck boom extensions

Post by Lex_Oliem » Sun, 16 Apr 1995 04:00:00


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>Okay, so I screwed up. I left my boom extensions in my boom (unrinsed)
>over the winter. Now I can't get them unstuck. I tried soaking them in
>fresh water, *** in various degrees, many expletives, etc. Is there
>some chemical solvent I don't know about? Should I try a blow torch? Is my
>only recourse to chop them and save them for 3.5 days?

*** works though. Grab a friend(a strong one). He must hold one part of
the boom and you the other (if you got some power). Do not pull, but both turn
the boom in opposite ways. That should do it. If not..screw the boom..maybe it
gets wet and slippery.
Greetings from the netherlands

Paul `bail-outs are my specialty' Olieman

 
 
 

Help! How do I free stuck boom extensions

Post by TRA L » Mon, 17 Apr 1995 04:00:00

Okay, so I screwed up. I left my boom extensions in my boom (unrinsed)
over the winter. Now I can't get them unstuck. I tried soaking them in
fresh water, *** in various degrees, many expletives, etc. Is there
some chemical solvent I don't know about? Should I try a blow torch? Is my
only recourse to chop them and save them for 3.5 days?

 
 
 

Help! How do I free stuck boom extensions

Post by MclAl » Mon, 17 Apr 1995 04:00:00

The most value I got for my windsurfing equipment dollar last year was a
*** mallet.  Hit the offending area repeatedly with moderate power
blows for a good minute or two...this has worked for me with booms and
two-piece masts.  No kidding...this is a Great tool!

 
 
 

Help! How do I free stuck boom extensions

Post by william l kl » Tue, 18 Apr 1995 04:00:00

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>  Okay, so I screwed up. I left my boom extensions in my boom (unrinsed)
>  over the winter. Now I can't get them unstuck. I tried soaking them in
>  fresh water, *** in various degrees, many expletives, etc. Is there
>  some chemical solvent I don't know about? Should I try a blow torch? Is my
>  only recourse to chop them and save them for 3.5 days?

if you can somehow the affected areas submerged in coke or pepsi for
a few days, it usually takes care of things.  (no joke)

bil

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Help! How do I free stuck boom extensions

Post by Phil Grah » Tue, 18 Apr 1995 04:00:00

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>Subject: Help! How do I free stuck boom extensions
>Date: 16 Apr 1995 12:02:12 -0400
>Okay, so I screwed up. I left my boom extensions in my boom (unrinsed)
>over the winter. Now I can't get them unstuck. I tried soaking them in
>fresh water, *** in various degrees, many expletives, etc. Is there
>some chemical solvent I don't know about? Should I try a blow torch? Is my
>only recourse to chop them and save them for 3.5 days?

Assuming you can get the boom end off, re-attach it to one of the extensions
only.  That will give you some torque to help get things moving.
 
 
 

Help! How do I free stuck boom extensions

Post by Paul Billing » Sat, 22 Apr 1995 04:00:00

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> Okay, so I screwed up. I left my boom extensions in my boom (unrinsed)
> over the winter. Now I can't get them unstuck. I tried soaking them in

Oooooo, bad move!  I would try soaking for a LONG time.  Then try a pipe
wrench (the kind with the red handle and turny-thing to adjust the jaw
size).  You might try it with a couple of paper towels in the jaws to
reduce the damage the teeth do to the tubes.  If it slips go with bare
metal against metal and sand the nicks out later.  You may have to buy
a new set of extension tubes.  Make sure the tube *can* turn by pushing
the pins in (probably takes 2 people).

Paul -- US366 (Maui)

 
 
 

Help! How do I free stuck boom extensions

Post by James A. Nitzbe » Sat, 22 Apr 1995 04:00:00

I'm a novice windsurfer with an F2 Comet and 5.6 sail.  I'm comfortable up
to about 20 - 25 knots.  I'm lousy in the ocean waves.  Any suggestions
for Windsurfing destinations within one hour of Los Angeles are greatly
appreciated.  

Best Regards and good sailing

[Jim Nitzberg]

 
 
 

Help! How do I free stuck boom extensions

Post by Kevin Moo » Sat, 22 Apr 1995 04:00:00

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> > Okay, so I screwed up. I left my boom extensions in my boom (unrinsed)
> > over the winter. Now I can't get them unstuck. I tried soaking them in

> Oooooo, bad move!  I would try soaking for a LONG time.  Then try a pipe
> wrench (the kind with the red handle and turny-thing to adjust the jaw

First, I would soak the booms in some water for 15 to 30 minutes.  
Next, I've found that booms work great for taking apart 2 piece masts
and masts can be used for taking apart booms.   When my booms extensions
are stuck, I'll soak them, then clamp them onto a mast.  I then push
in the buttons, which usually will stick in.  Grab the back of the
extensions and twist them back and forth.  The mast will keep the front
of the booms from twisting.  You'll only be able to twist the extensions
slightly since both are inside the front of the booms, but the slight
twisting will usually loosen them up.  

Good luck,

Kevin

 
 
 

Help! How do I free stuck boom extensions

Post by NLW TFW » Sun, 23 Apr 1995 04:00:00

I'd stick the booms in a snowbank for a while (or pack 'em in ice if you
don't got snow). Then I'd pour boiling water on the outer tube where
they're stuck, and pull like hell before the heat penetrates to the inner
tube.

That worked on a brand new pair of Fleetwoods I once had, which never
telescoped even right out of the bag, brand new. But since I usually
didn't have snow where I sailed, and Fleetwood would not help me, I had to
use them at a fixed length until I finally took a sledgehammer to them and
swore off (and at) Fleetwood.
Luck.
Hope yours aren't Fleetwood.
Mike

 
 
 

Help! How do I free stuck boom extensions

Post by PURERI » Sun, 23 Apr 1995 04:00:00

Your a novice - and comfortable at 25 knots?
Ocean sailing in So. Cal. is much easier than other places, the swells and
waves never get very big, and there's nothing out there that will bother
you, except maybe the crowds. Ocean sailing is the most consistant wind,
local lakes are good, but less reliable.
Best Ocean Sailing: Cabrillo, Seal Beach, Leo Carillo Beach.
Best Lakes: Castaic, Perris.
If your willing to drive 3+ hours: Lake Isabella, Lake Lopez, San Luis
Resevoir.
 
 
 

Help! How do I free stuck boom extensions

Post by John Wrig » Tue, 25 Apr 1995 04:00:00


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>Your a novice - and comfortable at 25 knots?
>Ocean sailing in So. Cal. is much easier than other places, the swells and
>waves never get very big, and there's nothing out there that will bother
>you, except maybe the crowds. Ocean sailing is the most consistant wind,
>local lakes are good, but less reliable.
>Best Ocean Sailing: Cabrillo, Seal Beach, Leo Carillo Beach.
>Best Lakes: Castaic, Perris.
>If your willing to drive 3+ hours: Lake Isabella, Lake Lopez, San Luis
>Resevoir.

I would add that Long Beach Harbor, south of the Belmont Pier, is
very flat due to the breakwater all around.  This might appeal if
waves make you uncomfortable.  The downside is a few knots less
wind than Seal Beach a half mile south.

John
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