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Re: Things that happen in cruising

Originally Posted by killarney_sailor View Post
We had a fairly major failure however today. The autopilot stopped working for no reason and the boat accidentally "gybed".

This cause two lines to break, the boom to swing to the wrong side and =
break it's mandril out of the cover. This will require us to go back to =
Cape Town for repairs.
I don't know enough about a big cat like this. Is there no way to rig a preventer for extended down wind sailing on such a boat? Our mono has permanently rigged preventers and they are always set when we are going down wind even without an autopilot.

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