The Barefoot boom was invented as a device to help skiers learn to barefoot water ski not long after barefooting was invented, but it has been difficult to tell who was the first to use it since so many home made versions have been made. In 1983, Mike Seiple began manufacturing booms as his trademark way of getting people to learn to barefoot water ski.
This is your opportunity to become an armchair expert and get the insider information about barefoot booms. Booms are not created equal and I will attempt to tell you what you need to look for and what myths to avoid.
Myth number 1: The lighter the boom, the better it is because it is easier to set-up and take down.
Truth about boom weight: Boom weight is determined by the construction. Lighter
booms are constructed out of hollow tubing. What you want to look for is solid aircraft
aluminum construction. Barefoot booms are subjected to a tremendous amount of pressure
when used for teaching. The most important consideration for booms is safety and nothing short of a solid boom is acceptable. In addition, solid booms do not spring back as much when a larger or strong person slips off the boom when they fall.
Myth number 2: one cable connected to the bow is better than two.
Truth about boom cables: Safety, safety, safety. I have tested every boom on the
market. When a boom cable breaks because of construction, it is a terrifying moment whether a skier is attached or not. Two stainless steel cables going from the boom all the way to the point of attachment provide maximum security and safety.
Myth number 3: quick release boom clamps with the lever and moving parts are better.
Truth about boom clamps: After testing every boom clamp on the market, the quick
release clamp takes about 30 seconds to adjust while Barefoot International boom clamps takes about 15 seconds longer. My findings showed that after hundreds of adjustments, the flexing of the quick release clamp causes it to weaken because the lever and moving parts loosen.
Contour Boom Fits 90% of all inboards
Fits any boat with tapered pylons & windshields that
extend up to 8" behind pylon including:
Ski Supreme, Malibu, Tige', Centurian and others. Click here for more info.
having no boom inside your boat! This state of the art boom
as all Barefoot International products
and will be a great for saving room inside
the boat!. Click here for more info.
Our Deluxe Quad V-Drive Boom #B204V has all the highest quality features as our other deluxe booms but has a contour in it to bring the boom forward more out of the spray. It's clamp design offers boom height adjustment and a quick release boom pin. This boom fits V Drive boats with pylons in the rear that stick up past the sundeck at least three inches. Examples are the New MasterCraft Maristars. Malibu V Drives prior to 2000 need a pylon extension replacement. Click here for more info.