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Old 06-20-2019, 06:26 PM   #1
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Booms on the older trawlers

Good afternoon
Still shopping for my trawler. I am holding out for a 38 aft cabin Californian.
While on my travels around the marinas I couldn't help but wonder how many use the booms on their trawlers. What are their main purpose? Do they actually lift a fair amount of weight?
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Put dinghies overboard.

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I keep two boats in the boat deck. Boom for launching. Mast also gets my radar antenna to a decent altitude
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Old 06-20-2019, 07:23 PM   #4
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Use mine often for launching or retrieving the dinghy.
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I keep two boats in the boat deck. Boom for launching. Mast also gets my radar antenna to a decent altitude
Love those old Rawsons... I don't think many were made as yachts? I have seen several fishboat conversions that looked nice.
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We use ours to lift the dink on and off the mid deck, bicycles on and off as well. The PO lost the original wooden mast and boom overboard. Looked hard to find a set, anywhere for any cost... none to be had. We bit the bullet and had our favorite boat fabricators make a new mast and boom to my specifications. Wouldn't be without it. A Trawler isn't a trawler without it.

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Old 06-20-2019, 11:24 PM   #8
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Love those old Rawsons... I don't think many were made as yachts? I have seen several fishboat conversions that looked nice.
Yeah. It was truly love at first sight. Wife and daughter went to college seminar, left me alone in Tacoma for three hours...

I had seen many Rawson workboats in Bristol Bay and Homer, knew quality. they built few motor yachts, I've seen a couple 38s; mine is a 41--bigger aft cabin and cockpit. They also built a significant number of sloops; a tubby little 30-footer which has a rabid fangroup.
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We use ours to lift the dink on and off the mid deck, bicycles on and off as well. The PO lost the original wooden mast and boom overboard. Looked hard to find a set, anywhere for any cost... none to be had. We bit the bullet and had our favorite boat fabricators make a new mast and boom to my specifications. Wouldn't be without it. A Trawler isn't a trawler without it.

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Good afternoon
Still shopping for my trawler. I am holding out for a 38 aft cabin Californian.
While on my travels around the marinas I couldn't help but wonder how many use the booms on their trawlers. What are their main purpose? Do they actually lift a fair amount of weight?
thanks in advance
Jim
That mast/boom seems to be set up for a steady sail and lifting the RIB for launching and retrieving.
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We use ours to lift the dink on and off the mid deck, bicycles on and off as well. The PO lost the original wooden mast and boom overboard. Looked hard to find a set, anywhere for any cost... none to be had. We bit the bullet and had our favorite boat fabricators make a new mast and boom to my specifications. Wouldn't be without it. A Trawler isn't a trawler without it.

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I noticed your mast does not have the standing rigging going forward to support it and counter the boom forces. Does your mast support hauling the dunk etc without leaning.

The reason I ask is, I too would like to add the boom to the replacement mast the PO installed. I was thinks of an eye and maybe a small recycled sailboat boom or spinnaker pole. My dink and motor weigh maybe #150 max but I have davits anyway. Would be used for hauling outboards,kayaks, and maybe a stay sail.

I was debating whether or not I needed to add the standing rigging forward to counter the forces of the boom.

Thanks for any input

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Looks to me like Dave E's mast has 2 shrouds going forward....


And yes to adding them if you don't have them and your lifting crane was designed as a stand alone mechanism.
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My boom is in the garage at home. A previous owner used it when he carried a dinghy on a cradle on deck. Later he installed transom davits which I still use. I fitted an SS backstay to support the mast when I took the boom off.
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I found it was easier to just manhandle the dinghy aboard than dicking with the mast and boom. Perhaps if I had the outboard on it I would have used it.

It looks nice. It ain’t a trawler without the mast and boom.
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It looks nice. It ain’t a trawler without the mast and boom.
Does that mean mine is not a trawler? <SNIFF>


All this time I've been misled!
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After experiencing a few close calls while trying to off-load the dinghy in less than perfect weather, then witnessing another guy breaking his boom pivot knuckle while bringing his RIB aboard, I removed the mast/boom in favor of a pipe crane. Now even the Admiral can bring the dinghy and outboard up on deck with no stress, and I can fit under more than half the ICW bridges with no extra prep.
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Does that mean mine is not a trawler? <SNIFF>


All this time I've been misled!

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Historically, they were for carrying a steadying sail.
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Booms on trawlers

Forget the boom and if you are looking for a trawler focus on a sundeck.

You avoid hitting your head on the boom and get an extra room.

Use davits top launch the dinghy.
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I agree with Nepidae, forget the boom and get some davits. We just sold our 38 Californian after completing the Loop and having to go back to work. I had a 4' swim platform and Weaver davits for the dinghy. Could drop the dinghy and get underway in just a few minutes. Easy for securing the dingy while boarding/deboarding too, just clip the davits and they held everything tight to the swim platform. Especially helpful when the wind was kicking up and/or there was any chop in the anchorage.
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