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    Posted: 04 Aug 2011 at 8:55am
I would like your views on a boom replacement for my 79 CO32. It has the original roller boom and would prefer slab reefing and a spring  kicker
Your views would be appreciated
Andrew Smile
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Hi Andrew,

Not sure if this helps you but I did the exact same on Concerto. The original mast is now witted with a Selden boom and Selden RodKicker. This is the standard kit for a new Co32, the boom has three reefing lines + outhaul, the outhaul has an internal purchase (2:1 or 3:1 I can not remember) but does make playing with the draft of the main much easier while sailing.


All supplied by Ocean Rigging in Lymington who are very knowledgeable on all matters Contessa, you should be able to find their details on the main website or class mag.


Hope this helps.

George Isted
Contessa 32 "Concerto"
Co32 Class Measurer and ex Class Captain.
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We took a slightly different approach. We sail short handed and being able to wind the main around the boom to stow it gives you great control, especially when windy.
So we have a slab reefing boom mounted to the original reefing handle. The mainsheet and topping lift are taken to a stainless strap which is centre bolted to the end of the boom to allow the boom to rotate with both attached. The kicker is on a snap hook for easy release. Reefing and lines and flattener kept tidy with shock cord along the boom when not in use.
This gives us the best of both worlds, roller stowage and slab reefing.
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