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Mast jammed forward

OK, My kid played with the hydraulics of the back-stay and made it completely loose. I returned home downwind a happy sailor in brisk wind, not paying attention, and the mast jammed forward. This is what happened:

- Now there is a bump on the deck about 15 inches in front of the deck. It's about 1 inch high. I imagine there is a steel plate of some sort inside that got bent. It's not big, bit I notice it.

- Underneath, the head door will no longer close, there is about 1/4 inch at the bottom of the door that overlaps the frame. This means the whole top deck probably shifted.

The boat is a Tartan 3000 and I am wondering what can I do to fix this? What bent underneath? Are there any safety issues I should be concerned about?

I feel really stupid about not noticing this while sailing, but it happens with a boatload of kids and now I have to live with it.

Any feedback is appreciated.

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