Secondly only to mast losses on Santana 22ís are boom losses. In the twenty-plus years that I have been building masts and booms and rigging Santana 22ís, I have built many new Santana booms and strengthened or reinforced many more.
The key here is boom reinforcement. All the new booms I build are reinforced. This is an absolute must because the stock boom section that W. D. Schock Co. used when they built the boats is marginal at best.
Another thing that ends up weakening the boom is the vang strap. Most Santana booms were rigged with an external stainless steel boom vang strap. This external strap encourages salt water corrosion between the stainless strap and the aluminum boom. What happens is that over time the boom is severely weakened by corrosion underneath the vang strap, in the exact area where it is subjected to the highest loads by the boom vang.
So, what is the answer to keeping your boom from breaking?
View of internal boom vang pad eye. The length of reinforcement aluminum tubing is visible inside the slot. Heavy-duty stainless steel rivets hold everything in place.