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    My goodness Laurie those are nice! Bill Garden is proud!

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    Many apologies for the late reply Greg - Xmas and the holiday season has got in the road of my build and the New Year has bought with it many, many ongoing domestic duties. A man can’t win! I'm following your thread with much interest in relation to your and Ofer’s outboards, however I’m still not convinced such a small boat requires such a thing Time will tell!
    Laurie - away from the sea

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    Hello Laurie,

    Hope the wild fires are not impacting you!! I'm not sure I'll use the outboard much but have gone to much trouble if it is wanted!!! I like your trailering cradles with leather and am also interested to know what rubber material you're using. Is there a generic name for it or a brand name I can look for? I would like to be able to just drop the mast in and fasten the headstay!!!

    Son coming up to help feed long rips of oak for rub rails and coaming rails tomorrow. Hoping they will steam to the need curvatures... My best to you!

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    Hi Greg...apologies for the tardy reply. The rubber material is actually a floor mat that has been sacrificed for the job. I'm still tossing up whether to use that or go for the traditional mast pegs - won't make a decision until she's out of the shed. Domestic duties still calling!
    Laurie - away from the sea

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    Default 220 Mast Support Trail 7...

    Have been thinking and looking a lot at other Boom Support systems whilst on the water but have concluded that what I have built already will fill the bill. Reasoning below…

    a) Moving the existing Mast Support system either side of the Tiller doesn’t fix the problem due to the curvature of the Coaming so will continue with this support system when taking down the Mast and Spars

    b) Whilst I’m on the water I’m thinking the Boom can be managed by a combination of the Lazy Jacks and the Main Sheet Block scenario used in Post “208 Aft Deck Fittings”

    c) The folding Boom Supports placed on the After Deck used by many sailors are good but I can’t find a good reason to change what I’ve already instigated

    Thoughts anyone?
    Laurie - away from the sea

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    Hi Laurie, I'm just putting a folder together after plenty of back and forth.

    I think my choice was ultimately based on a factor that won't have much bearing in use on my boat. I have kept my 18' cat in a slip exposed to some rough stuff on occasion. The rolling in the slip required that I use a triangle to hold the boom from working everything attached. I don't plan on ever spending much time in such circumstances but the experience influenced me.

    On the water with the big cat, I always haul the boom down on the central book crutch with the main sheet as soon as the sail is down in order to assure control.
    On the little cat I will do the same on the folder and steer with the tiller under motor power.

    I believe you are going to use oars. Simple is always good. I don't plan on using a topping lift but do have the lazy jacks set up for easy adjustment. I have just checked my seating position in the boat. If I row I will have to haul the boom up quite a bit or haul it off to one side with a preventer. If using a yuloh, I would haul the boom to a side. For this I would install a cleat outboard and amidships. I may do this. That way we could tension the sheet and the preventer and keep the boom out of the way.

    Rambling, I know, just my thoughts

    Best to you!

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    Hi Greg, great to hear from you! Just clarifying that the Boom will only be in a crutch for trailering as previous photos depict, otherwise as mentioned above, the Lazy Jacks and the setup of the Main Sheet will be supporting the Boom whilst on the water.
    Cheers
    Laurie
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