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Date Posted: 2/10/06 17:47:43 In reply to:
's message, "Re: T500/501 Cunningham" on 24/08/06 0:05:45
Replaced our boom on our Trapper 500 Soubrette a couple of years ago - after we broke the gooseneck in the middle of the North Sea on the way home from Norway. A fellow club member donated me a regular Proctor boom which allowed me to switch to slab reefing (he had previously lost his mast on his Mirage 28). I had to source the Proctor gooseneck for the mast section on the Trapper from a guy in Southampton who still carried Proctor spares - otherwise I might have had to get a custom one made in Stainless; its fairly important to match the mast shape. I subsequently replaced the main - a huge improvement on the old one, and have brought the reefing lines and main halyard back to the cockpit - except for the luff cringle that has to be hooked over the reefing horns.
Another possibility is to convert to single line reefing - a T501 in our club has converted their roller boom to single line reefing with turning blocks fitted to the appropiate places on the boom.
The main downside of slab reefing is the amount of string required, but once reefed, the shape is good. A standard gooseneck is also a lot stronger than the roller reefing ones. And by now, the critical aluminium casting is probably susceptible to fatigue failure on many of these. You can also have a regular kicking strap, even when reefed.
I will admit that I quite liked the roller reefing all the same. As a warning, if you still use your roller reefing, always make sure the boom is in-line with the centre-line of the boat before you roll that handle...