RIGGING QUESTION FOR OLD LONGBOARD

RIGGING QUESTION FOR OLD LONGBOARD

Post by CSW » Fri, 28 Aug 1998 04:00:00


Does anyone know how to attach the boom securely to the mast of a Windsurfer
windsurfer?  The boom only has three holes where it attaches to the mast.
There is some trick with rope, but I can't remember it from years gone by.
Somehow the rope is looped around the mast and through these three holes and
makes the boom very secure.  Wondering if anyone out there would be able to
describe it or post a diagram to solve my dilemma.

Thanks

 
 
 

RIGGING QUESTION FOR OLD LONGBOARD

Post by TomBuckO » Fri, 28 Aug 1998 04:00:00

put the boom with the tail pointing to the top of the mast.  Tie knot in end of
rope, go thru hole, around boom twice and back thru hole, then loop thru third
hole and pull tail thru loop.

Swing booms down and all loops will tighten - be careful not to crush mast.

Tom O'Brien - Chicago

 
 
 

RIGGING QUESTION FOR OLD LONGBOARD

Post by Roger Jacks » Sat, 29 Aug 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
>Does anyone know how to attach the boom securely to the mast of a Windsurfer
>windsurfer?  The boom only has three holes where it attaches to the mast.
>There is some trick with rope, but I can't remember it from years gone by.
>Somehow the rope is looped around the mast and through these three holes and
>makes the boom very secure.  Wondering if anyone out there would be able to
>describe it or post a diagram to solve my dilemma.

Are all 3 holes perfectly round?
The center one is probably for the uphaul, but I've seen some people
use the center hole for the inhaul.
Can you send me a photo, or a sketch?
I'm working up a rigging procedure for these old things,
to post on a website.
later
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RIGGING QUESTION FOR OLD LONGBOARD

Post by Pierre Coupa » Sat, 29 Aug 1998 04:00:00

The 3-hole thing would be like the old windsurfer, that would have lost its
uphaul. However in your drawing the mast end of the booms is supposed to
come at a more obtuse angle, rather than the round way you describe.

If it's a windsurfer indeed, then there are a few ways. The simplest one is
the one already posted, with the booms against the mast and knots through
the holes. However when you bring the booms back at 90 degrees of the mast,
make sure you don't snap it. If you have an old mast, check for white
length-wise hairline cracks. Those would indicate that the mast has been
pinched badly, and is already weaker. If this case, you can either continue
and take the chance, or wrap it with a few layers of resin and cloth. If you
do so, take your time and make sure there's no bubbles, avoid dying it, etc.
Same advice for the bottom of the mast, another area where older equipment
tend to split.

One last advice: some boom types, including old windsurfer brands, have a
small piece of *** about two inches at the junction of the booms that
lean against the mast. Sometimes this piece comes undone, check it out. If
it does and you lose it, then the boom will be hard to fit snuggly against
the mast. I just tape mine with hockey tape once in a while.

How do I know this? I used to sail them a lot, and still do for kids stuff
and freestyle.

Enjoy,
P.