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Ski-A-Rees
05-05-2005, 06:16 PM
I started a thread to see what barefoot boom and I need a few weeks ago and now that I know what I need, i'm stuck! There is a buy it now auction on ebay form a dealer that is selling what ever boom you need brand new from Barefoot International. It comes with your choice of four or five different booms, a free shirt and free shipping. Everything comes brand new in a box from B.I. My question is that he wants $420.00 Do you think that too much? I looked on their site and they want even more. I would wait for one to show up used but I absolutly need one within two weeks!
Help...

east tx skier
05-05-2005, 06:39 PM
Maybe I'm misunderstanding you. But if you've found it for less, why pay $420?

LakePirate
05-05-2005, 06:48 PM
That must be some t-shirt

whitedog
05-05-2005, 06:54 PM
Try and buy on directly from BI. However shipping on these can run as much as $75.00. Oversized and weight. I bought a contour directly from BI at a show for $275.00. It was a dammaged return (scratched paint) and could not be sold as new. Check with Mike he may have some dammaged ones. Also your local dealer may beable to get one. Retail usually runs between $375.00 and $450. Average ebay price seems to be about $300.00 plus shipping.

Good luck.

Ski-A-Rees
05-05-2005, 07:01 PM
I'm trying to teach a few people how to barefoot before the southern region show ski tournament. The problem is that I don't have a boom yet and the tournament is at the end of june.

erkoehler
05-05-2005, 07:23 PM
Nothing like learning long line! That is how I plan to learn.

BriEOD
05-05-2005, 07:26 PM
I picked up a used one (not BI) off this site with shipping for $225.

MarkP
05-05-2005, 08:07 PM
I got a used BI from a friend but had to buy a clamp separately. Altogether I think I have about 260 into it (including shipping). When I was looking, BI didnít have any returned booms but mike told me if you go that rout (a BI return) you would save about 100 off of retail.

You have to look hard and often to find a good used boom because they sell quick. If your in a hurry you may not do so well. I have seen used booms go from 2-400 bucks.

Ski-A-Rees
05-05-2005, 11:45 PM
I just missed one on ebay when I wrote the last thread. I wish one would show up because I don't want to pay that much!

erkoehler
05-06-2005, 12:56 AM
You better hurry up man, you don't have that much time. Do the people you are working w/ have any barefoot experience? Ski knowledge?

Ski-A-Rees
05-06-2005, 12:59 AM
They are show skiers but have only tumbled up on a boom. Any advice?

erkoehler
05-06-2005, 01:02 AM
PRACTICE,

LONG, HARD, OFTEN


Good luck :D

Ski-A-Rees
05-06-2005, 01:12 AM
They can barefoot on the short rope of the boom but they have trouble stepping off long line. My idea was to get the boom and make them learn to barefoot on one foot so the step off would not be a problem. Then the can learn to deep up on the boom as well. Win Win situation!

erkoehler
05-06-2005, 01:16 AM
I agree the boom is the best way, especially w/ your time constraints.

Ski-A-Rees
05-06-2005, 11:27 AM
Does anyone else out there have an input? I was hopeing to be able to make a decision by tonight when I go pick up my pay check!

MarkP
05-06-2005, 11:30 AM
Dude

Take your time

Or you will end up coming across a good deal on a boom two weeks after you buy a boom

erkoehler
05-06-2005, 11:39 AM
Dude

Take your time

Or you will end up coming across a good deal on a boom two weeks after you buy a boom




You must not have read the post where he said that the skiers/footers have to be trained by late june.

MarkP
05-06-2005, 11:53 AM
The one on ebay right now is to pricey but they pop up all of the time. Especially this time of year.

aprgriggs
05-06-2005, 01:41 PM
The one on ebay right now is to pricey but they pop up all of the time. Especially this time of year.



That is from ECI....what is the difference in ECI and BI? Which boom is better?

I don't want to tear up my boat with a cheap boom

erkoehler
05-06-2005, 01:45 PM
BI seems to have a good product at a reasonable price.

MarkP
05-06-2005, 01:48 PM
April

I donít know a lot about the ECI boom. If you read the Qs & As on that auction it explains that the ECIs first section is not solid but hollow. The BI is solid. I have never heard anything bad about the ECI boom and think I would use one

Ryan
05-06-2005, 02:57 PM
I have an ECI boom, and have never questioned it's strength. I like how easy it is for the driver to adjust the elevation of the end of the boom. BI does have a nifty quick release system that leaves the bracket on the pylon. But, I think my hole BF boom goes on and off a little more easily when I want my air boom up.

The only other difference worth noting is the gunnel pad, whether you trust BI's black bad won't oxidize in the sun and mark the gelcoat. My ECI has a poly clear pad that has never left a mark.

erkoehler
05-06-2005, 02:58 PM
We always have a towel/rag between the boat and boom even with the protector on it.

Ryan
05-06-2005, 03:11 PM
Does the towel stay put when you go through rollers as the skier's end of the boom raises and lowers?

erkoehler
05-06-2005, 03:24 PM
We usually wrap it around the boom, and then tie it in a knot.

erkoehler
05-06-2005, 03:24 PM
:D Sorry, yes it does stay on the boom.

erkoehler
05-07-2005, 05:15 PM
I started a thread to see what barefoot boom and I need a few weeks ago and now that I know what I need, i'm stuck! There is a buy it now auction on ebay form a dealer that is selling what ever boom you need brand new from Barefoot International. It comes with your choice of four or five different booms, a free shirt and free shipping. Everything comes brand new in a box from B.I. My question is that he wants $420.00 Do you think that too much? I looked on their site and they want even more. I would wait for one to show up used but I absolutly need one within two weeks!
Help...

Here is a link to one on ebay! Pretty good price. It is for an ECI boom, but he says he has BI booms also.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=4548705807&category=26453

Tgchrist
05-07-2005, 10:09 PM
I have an ECI and like it. I did have to replace the black tape on the inside of the clamp as it got unraveled while putting it on the pylon. I would definitely get the solid ECI. I did see a thread somewhere while surfing the net that someone had a problem with ECI because the nylon strap going from the front eye to the cable broke. Just something to watch. Not sure what boat you have but there are a few on Ski-it-again.com. I found one cheaper by calling ECI, Behman and BI to see if they had any scratch and dents. With either one you will be OK> Happy Barefooting.

erkoehler
05-07-2005, 10:24 PM
heres another
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=23808&item=7154901619&rd=1