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mimmone 12th April 2009 08:38 PM

Hi Kevin,
I'm mimmo and I write you from italy. I use a 111 and 122 with sails
from 6,7 to 9.0. I've seen that you use an HPL boom, me too, but now
in Italy is not possible buy this product becouse is not imported. Do you
have news from HPL? Thanks a lot. Mimmo:)

nonopr 13th April 2009 09:15 AM

HPL, is done.

Kevin Pritchard 14th April 2009 12:35 AM

I am not sure but I think Nono is right. They are finished. If you want some booms we still have some brand new ones. Check out our website and send us an email.

mimmone 14th April 2009 04:47 PM

thanks guys, your answer make me said becouse HPL was a storical
brand . Kevin, i'll go on your website.
Have a windy days

johntr 24th June 2009 04:18 AM

So ... what booms do you like now that HPL is out of action?

nonopr 24th June 2009 06:18 AM

Not Kevin, But MauiSails booms are killer.

Kevin Pritchard 9th July 2009 04:44 AM

Mine MS booms have been breaking. For some reason i had a brand new one that broke right in half. I tried to get it warenteed but no luck. So time to move on. I have been trying out the Chinook booms. They are great they are made in the USA with a good warentee and great service.

marek 9th July 2009 07:27 PM

Question for Kevin - posted it on Gaastra forum but perhaps you can help as well:

Will Course Carbon 195-261cm from Chinook be ok for my 2008 Gaastra Remedy 6.4 and Swift 7.5 and my 2006 Swift 9.0?
Sails specs:
- Remedy 6.4: 199cm
- Swift 7.5: 217cm
- Swift 9.0 (2008 though): 252cm

So the only problem can be with 9.0.
Are the measurements given by boom manufacturers the length from mast to the end of the boom in a straight line?
I currently have Gaastra alu pro 210-270. Can't try Chinook at the store, would have to buy it online.

Thanks for any help,


Steve711 9th July 2009 11:25 PM

I have both Chinook and MS carbon booms. Beware that the boom arms of Chinook is of 2 pieces fixed to the front end whereas those of MS is of continous one piece. MS is heavier but feels stiffer than the Chinook.

marek 10th July 2009 03:14 PM

Thanks, but MS doesn't seem to have the size I'm interested in (195-261 from Chinook sounds great as it would cover all my sails from 6.4 to 9.0)...

I just wonder if I measure the current Gaastra boom settings on my rigs and they match Chinook range then I should be ok with Chinook without trying it first?


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