The boom is the long pole that’s attached to the mast and runs along the foot of a rigged sail. It’s used to stabilise the sail and can also have other control lines attached to it. It can be very dangerous when sailing if the wind suddenly changes and it swings across to the other side. My humans nearly always rig a preventer to stop this happening. It makes us all feel safer knowing that its not going to suddenly hit our head in a violent manner.

I love the boom because it’s not only multifunctional for sailing but when we’re on anchor it also doubles up as…




A place to work out…



A place to look out…


And of course a place to chill out!

The humans like it because they sometimes use it as a mini crane. They attach a lazy Jim and use it to lift the outboard on and off the dinghy. Emily the engine weighs a whopping 45kgs!

All in all we couldn’t live without the boom and I don’t think we praise it enough! I think it’s boom-tastic!


Bisous Bailey


  1. Looks like the perfect “keep an eye on things” spot as well as a good nap spot (when the boom is stationary of course!). You have so many good spots on board Nocturne Bailey!

    Kitty Hugs, Sam


  2. A good lookout can’t have too many vantage points, this looks like a great one! Perfect fir spotting those pesky dinghy devils, too.


  3. Thank goodness someone is in charge here. Many miaows, Katie


  4. How cool that the boom can be used by both humans AND kitties!


  5. Praise the boom!!!


  6. Da boom iz boom-tastic n you iz bombastic n fabuluss too!!!
    Lub Nylablue xo


  7. Great perch Bailey…and at least if you’re sitting on it, it can’t hit you on the head


  8. You’re teaching us sailing things! You are such a smart cat!


  9. Great spot, now I want one.


  10. What a lucky cat.


  11. janetblue says:

    Looks like you have your very own balance beam and gymnasium. That’s great that something so necessary to the boat acts as a perfect playground for you. Purrs and hugs from the kitties at The Cat on My Head, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette


  12. For a mere moment there, Bailey, I thought you were going to tell us that you use the boom for a scratching post!


  13. You are one dare devil off a kitty!


  14. Becareful Bailey!


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