Hobie Cat Forums

It is currently Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:45 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Bravo Boom Questions
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 12:07 pm 
Offline
Site Rank - Deck Hand

Joined: Fri Jul 23, 2010 11:10 am
Posts: 5
Hi, I know there are a couple boom posts already, but those are from a few years ago so I'm hoping for somewhat of an update.

I want to be sold on the boom. I don't like how when I go downwind my sail curls so much, this may be perhaps because I grew up with Lasers. Regardless, I would prefer it to keep it's shape so I can go downwind with some speed, and also because the lake I'm on has lots of islands and narrow parts where the wind direction keeps changing I just want some more control.

1) Do you love your boom?
2) I've read that when you furl the sail the boom goes up like a drawbridge. Can you still sail it if you only wanted to furl half of the sail?
3) When you are done sailing for the day do you furl the sail and leave the boom up in the air, or do you take it off? Does it cause damage to anything?
4) Is it easy enough to take off when younger kids want to go out for some fun, but I don't want the boom attached for safety reasons.
5) Does the Bravo look silly with the boom or does it look natural? I couldn't find any videos or pictures with it attached.

Sorry for all the questions, but any feedback would be fantastic.

Thank you.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Bravo Boom Questions
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:30 am 
Offline
Site Rank - Admiral

Joined: Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:16 am
Posts: 207
Location: Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
I'm still debating on a boom as well...my kids use their Bravos at sailing school...the other kids make fun of the Hobie because of no boom, calling it not a boat. However, the laughs & giggles come to an abrupt end when the Bravo flies past the 420's and Opti's. :?

Here's a couple of vids of Bravos with booms installed at a French sailing school.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF3EtVO1wSE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvTXRCVIm_M


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Bravo Boom Questions
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:25 am 
Offline
Site Admin

Joined: Tue May 27, 2003 12:44 pm
Posts: 8917
Location: Oceanside, California
The boom will increase the performance a bit, but complicates the sail furling. Does not work well for reefing.

_________________
Matt Miller
Director of Parts and Accessory Sales
Hobie Cat USA


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Bravo Boom Questions
PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:11 am 
Offline
Site Rank - Old Salt

Joined: Mon Sep 20, 2004 12:36 pm
Posts: 758
Location: Tri-Cities, WA
We got the boom for my wifes Bravo and she loved it, added a good deal of sail shape options, especially off wind). You still can go without when the time dictates. On shore we would unhook the boom and wrapped the sail as if boomless (less windage). 8)

P.S. Of course she is now boomless again, sailing a Weta Trimaran (a little plug for the compitition). :wink:


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group