Booms are an essential part of the windsurf rig. There are actually a few things to consider before buying one.
- Diameter of the tube
- Length MIN and MAX
- Material of construction
- Suitable mast types
- Harness Line index markings
These are the types of boom I use:
The diameter of the tube
Effects more than one thing. Thick booms will require more strength to hold on too. Therefore I choose diameters not too thick. Thinner is lighter.
Min and Max length
Are important. The boom you buy now might fit your sail. But what will be your next sails boom lenght? Keep this in mind!
Material of construction
Aluminium is less expensive than carbon. Carbon adds less weight to the rig and is more stiff. I found it breaks easier too.
Suitbable Mast Types
Mast are made in RDM and SDM. The RDM has a reduced diameter in is lighter. If you have SDM now keep in mind you might want RDM later.