Thank you for the offer, I ended up biting the bullet and buying a boom. Last one the marine store had, they said they have been having trouble getting parts for a few years now and when he looked at the supplier site for laser performance he said it stated they had declared bankruptcy. So i decided not to wait in case i couldn't order one later.
Not sure which way I want it to go, a new company that takes better care of the brands or LP limping along with the same issues. Shipping was a good amount more than the boom itself, that's what sealed the decision to buy the one I found when I found it.