I think an easy fix to the WH front end would be to increase the thickness
of the *** inside the front end since they are obviously using the give
of the *** to offset the "over" throw of the clamp. IMHO thicker ***
would also hold the front end on the mast better and stop the creeping.
Otherwise the boom is very nice, I especially like the locking system and
they are quite stiff. They can be adjusted in the water if your sail doesn't
require too much outhaul. I've been running Simmers which do have a fair
amount of positive outhaul so its possible to adjust with a strong push on
> I've found a boom rope position for the Chinook booms which snugs it just
> fine dry. It doesn't need any on-the-water adjustment. Unfortunately,
> never been able to get the WH's tight enough wet or dry. I'm glad I'm not
> the only one who's had trouble with them, I think Tauras is right, it's
> assymetrical arrangement of the WH front end which prevents a snug fit on
> skinny or tapered mast. You can adjust the Chinooks in the water, but you
> might have to let the outhaul go a little. I know the optimum height for
> booms, and don't find I need to adjust them unless they do slip on a
> which happens very infrequently. The front end may need to be adjusted
> differently for different sails since they usually clamp on in different
> The skinnies sometimes are harder to waterstart because they don't have as
> much volume as standard size masts, and thus do not float as well, or so
> theory goes. The skinny is da bomb when it comes to using your mast for a
> pogo stick off the bottom in head-high swell though.
> > Hey Ed, why is it tough to waterstart with a skinny? And do you also
> > feel that the boom must be tightened good while the mast is still dry?
> > What if I decide my mast needs moving while I'm out sailing? Must I
> > come to shore and dry the mast prior to moving it? Thanks!
> > >I like the Powerex 400 and 430 RDM's. They recently beefed up the boom
> > >area with kevlar, and they now include a padded reflective bag (and
> > >ugly yellow lettering on the mast).
> > >I have the Ezzy 2000's, but my friends that have the SE's really like
> > >'em. You need about 3" of extension with the 5.2 on the 430, the
> > >rig with no extension. The Chinook skinny adapter thing is kinda lame,
> > >little groove can be worn in the bottom of your mast by the collar of
> > >adapter if you're not careful. I wrapped a piece of tape around the
> > >bottom of my mast. I don't have problems with boom slippage on the
> > >Chinook booms when I've properly snugged the boom front end, but I've
> > >problems snugging (and slippage) on Windsurf Hawaii front ends.
> > >I personally like the skinny for jibing and manuevers, but it's a
> > >tough to waterstart when you submerge the mast. This is sometimes a
> > >problem in the impact zone.
> > >-Ed
> > >> I just purchased a quiver of Ezzy Wave SEs(5.2,4.5,4.0,3.5) and I'm
> > >> thinking of matching them up with RDM masts. I currently have some
> > >> House brand 430's that worked well with my 98 Ezzy's but they are
> > >> and with my new 4.0 and 3.5 I'm going to need at least a 400. Any
> > >> input on brand of RDM, handling, weight, hassles, etc... would be
> > >> greatly appreciated. BTW, I already own 2 Chinook stubby
> > >> Thanks,
> > >> Dave Zimmerman
> > >> Sent via Deja.com http://SportToday.org/
> > >> Before you buy.