CST Composites are constantly researching new ways to help boats go faster. One recent advancement is the new boom we produce for the International Contender class.
The most obvious improvement is the change in shape from elliptical to rectangular. The primary reason for this is the vast increase in stiffness the new shape affords.
There are multiple other advantages to the new design. For example, the new booms come already fitted with mainsheet hangers and laminated vang fittings. When load-tested, the easy to install, glue-on mainsheet hangers withstood over 1000kg. The change to laminated vang fittings follows the trend with our other small boat racing products.
The new boom comes with a lightweight, low-friction thimble laminated securely on which reduces weight, eliminates moving parts and invalidates the need for holes to be drilled into the boom which weaken the section.
The new rectangular shape with its flat surfaces also makes it easier to attach other fittings and makes it easier to stow for travel, taking up less space than its rounder counterparts. Not to mention, the new boom won’t roll away when rigging on a slope!
Overall, the new design follows the successful trend of our Moth and 18′ skiff booms and now brings those benefits to the Contender class.
Be sure to place your order!