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Old 23rd April 2010, 05:40 PM   #21
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I have Maui Sails 190-240 slalom boom
Rock solid head and boom, excellent grip, but the boom end feels a bit heavy in the beginning.
NP is heavy too. Now I have ordered AL360 240-300 instead of my old reinforced Fiberspare Formula boom (seen too much faults on NP booms the last years and too pricy too). If not AL360 I would have taken Maui Sails boom
I get the AL360 in a week or 2, so I canít comment on it before.
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Old 26th April 2010, 04:37 AM   #22
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The problem I have with the Chinook booms is the boom head. It is just too flexible for my taste and the mast boom connection is too loose so you end up with a floppy connection.
I never have any issue with the mast boom connection being loose on my booms so don't know why you ended up with a floppy connection
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Old 27th April 2010, 02:40 AM   #23
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I never have any issue with the mast boom connection being loose on my booms so don't know why you ended up with a floppy connection
If you examine the boom head on the Chinook boom you will find that the plastic is flexible and soft (way too flexible IMO) and when you pull down on the boom, once it is attached to the mast, there is some give, especially after sailing for awhile. Boards magazine did a boom test a few years ago and they had the same problem with Chinook booms. I have a friend with a Chinook formula carbon boom which he refuses to use because of this issue - so he has an expensive carbon boom gathering dust. I've customized mine so it is usable. There are a number of things I like about the boom; however, the boom head isn't one of them.
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Hands down the new np x9 race boom is the best Ive sailed.
In comparison to MS sails, its better engineered at the front and back ends + better clips.
Not as heavy as the MS boom either.
One slick boom!
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If you examine the boom head on the Chinook boom you will find that the plastic is flexible and soft (way too flexible IMO) and when you pull down on the boom, once it is attached to the mast, there is some give, especially after sailing for awhile. Boards magazine did a boom test a few years ago and they had the same problem with Chinook booms. I have a friend with a Chinook formula carbon boom which he refuses to use because of this issue - so he has an expensive carbon boom gathering dust. I've customized mine so it is usable. There are a number of things I like about the boom; however, the boom head isn't one of them.
There is a little bit of give but too me it is no noticeable on the water. They are definetly not floppy. In fact i think that give has saved me snapping booms is some really big wipeouts. The main advantage of the boom head though is if you do snap one side of the boom you can replace it. If this happened with any other boom it would end up in the bin and you would have an expensive bill to replace it
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