GMT'S Pocket Boom - A Better Solution


Entering its second year of production the Park Avenue Pocket Boom from renowned carbon spar builder GMT Composites continues to provide the mainsail handling solution for sailors serious about controlling the mainsail. With the GMT Pocket Boom you get:

* the ability to reef on any point of sail

* a mainsail system that can't jam

* the sail flaking itself as it's lowered into the boom cavity

* the sail cover zipped closed and you're done

Now in use aboard boats such as Swan 56, Baltic 55, Dijkstra 65 and Fontaine 60, the Pocket Booms have proven to be as rugged as they are functional and graceful. The booms have seen Mediterranean Mistrals, trans-Atlantic passages and slogs through the Gulf Stream en route to Bermuda.

David Schwartz, GMT President and Engineer, couldn't be happier with the booms' reception. "We had been building conventional booms and closed section Park Avenue booms for years, but this open style pocket boom presented engineering challenges." Being an entirely open section, the boom could no longer rely on tube or box geometry to attain its strength. FEA analysis was used to design the basic structure, carbon composite around foam cored substrate. From there laminate schedules are devised to provide the basic section strength with reinforcing at high load and specialized fitting locations. Final finishing in Awlgrip to match the owner's color scheme completes each boom.

GMT's Sales Manager Will Rogers echoes Schwartz's enthusiasm, "We're seeing a real groundswell in interest among experienced sailors who don't want to compromise sail shape or add the complexity of internal boom furling." Currently under construction are booms for a S&S designed yawl for a west coast client.

Since 1984, GMT Composites has been building rudders, masts and components for the world's best boat builders.