Tag Archives: Gaff

Boom and Gaffs

I’m starting the building of all the Boom and Gaffs. There are 4 of them to build. I cut out the Patterns and used a 2x7mm Tanganika Board.

First Gaff done
I make the ends by drilling it out and inserting a sanded down Toothpick into it.
Pattern and Sand

I use both my Belt Sander and the Dremel Sander and my small Grinder to shape it.

Belt Sander
Tapering Spanker Boom
Boom and Gaffs before prime and paint
Painted White with Gaff & Boom Rings painted Black

I just thought That painting the guy friends black looked cool… I’m sure that they must have done it before in history.

Copper Tape up simulate Bands on Rings

Attaching Gaff to Mizzen Mast

I attached the Gaff to the Mizzen Mast using some Brass Beads as Parrels.

Beads

I used both Black and Brass Beads just for kicks… I doubt it’s historically accurate but it doesn’t look too bad…

Parrels around back of Boom Jaws
Throat Halliard

Then I used the lifting blocks for the first stage of connecting to Mast. This is called Throat Halliard.

Lefting Block
Peak Halliard

This portion of the Rigging of the Gaff is called Peak Halliard.

Boom Jaw

Today I’ve been working on the Boom Jaws for the Spanker Boom.

The one that came with the kit didn’t look as authentic as the real ones so I made some out of some Walnut Stock I had.

Top ones provided with kit, bottom Boom Jaws I made from scratch
Attached to Boom

I use DAP Weldwood Cement and Super glue to attach it…