Salcombe Damage Repair!!!!!!
After having a superb week at salcombe unfortunatly the Fridge bent its mas on wednesday in the gusty conditions.
Insurance job if its creased it may be possible to straighten it he not. Phil's number is 07973 720 732.
It might just fatigue break if you straighten it again, an alternative which will leave you with a very marginally heavier but much stronger mast than before is to cut it taking out the damaged bit assuming its no more than say three to six inches find an old bit of D section and cut to the right length, then find a foot longer bit of C section and cut off the luff groove bit and you have an exact sleeve for a D section bang the thing together maybe with a bit of araldite or similar epoxy and if you have a pop riveter a couple of rivets on each side of the new section (Self tappers if not.) from memory all done in an hours, finding the bits of spare section may take longer! But most dinghy parks have a few broken masts!
The alternatives are really either to repair/replace what you have or go the whole hog on the deck stepping. If money is tight I would replace. You have been going pretty well with the hog stepped mast, if it is an insurance job then there is no real point in repairing the mast, from what I saw it is a definite write-off and though you can sleeve it the insurers will pay for a replacement.
I was assuming you'd wish in these uncertain times to keep your no claims record to keep your premium down.
He doesn't have a no claims record the mast was just 12 months old having done the same thing at Earlswood last year!
We have a case stepped m3 that may or may not fit, it may be very slightly short. If you give me a measurement from lower band to the heel i'll check for you.
the bend is the mast is at deck level and has put a crease in the mast where it has pushed against the mast.
Andy Hay - Enchantment 3386
We got Kev Driver to sort the deck step out. Lovely job but expensive. I echo the earlier sentiment, if this it the way you want to go, do it properly.
Not sure as to why is has happened again but it went in the same way as before. into windward with the spinnaker up this time but the crew was sat in front of the hoop.
Andy Hay - Enchantment 3386
You must have broken the mast because it inverted. Your mast ram does not prevent this as it pushes not pulls. Lowers will not help. Kicker tension will push the gooseneck forwards and will help, also enough shroud tension. If you had eased the shrouds and kicker in the conditions we had on the Wednesday then don't in the future!
I saw this happen from 50 yards, they were going like a train and then the bow went under the whole boat then lifted up and sort of fell forward as it went in, to be honest I think any mast would have sucummed in just the way numerous carbon ones did on Friday.
Is there such a thing as a Carbonfibre centreboard stepped mast?
Having just had some dealings with SuperSpars, I'd say they are about the most helpful people you could find, and would certainly make you a mast of whatever configuration you want - ordered through Speed or P&B.
There are some vintage boats that have a carbon hog-stepped mast but there are problems with wall strength at deck level. It wouldn't have survived any better than your alloy one. Mervyn Allen has one but he would not have been sailing in those conditions!
'Passing Cloud' no.1047 has a hog stepped carbon mast and survived Salcombe unharmed. She even came 8th on the quiet day!
Freudian slip Robert! 1047 was your Mk XI Grey Goose! 1079 is that legend that is Passing cloud.
Must be me age!
What you doing then James?
i have ordered a new mast for the fridge.
Having seen that wonderful sequence of photo's at Earlswood when the first mast bent I am guessing that it was much the same scenario at Salcombe which caused grief - ie a big whacker of a gust and down went the bow. If you find yourself in those conditions again it will be handy to get the crew behind the thwart early on and then you can move back and forth to keep the trim right. At least then you are both behind the thwart and the creww is not pinned in by boom, hoop and mainsheet.
Good call James, glad you'll be back on the water soon ! Keep those shrouds tight !
We must have had very much the same sort of wipe-out on the Friday and the Superspars mast survived yet again. I'm sure it is inversion that breaks the mast when this happens and I have seen some arrangements on a mast ram to prevent it - you need the ram to pull as well as push the mast and all it would need is like a limiter to prevent the lower part of the mast going back beyond straight. This must be possible, and as above, don't let the shrouds off when it is really howling and have a stopper knot on the mainsheet to prevent the boom hitting the shroud as again this will pull the gooseneck back.
i did scream at the crew about 4 times to move behind the hoop but i reacon he frooze and stayed pinned in front of the hoop and braised himself which wasnt usefull!!! i did later on in the race get him behind the hoop and the boat was alot better.
Not surprised if your crew froze, James. If you will sail the Refridgerator!
Perhaps the front needs defrosting.
All very funny thank you so much for it