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post #4 of Old 09-23-2010
St Anna
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Dehler may be the best people to talk to as this may have happened to your model in the past.

Cause:
Has the mast moved either forwards or backwards due to overzealous tensioning of the forestay or backstay? Is there any flexing of the bulkhead or a 'creaking' noise from the bulkhead on a windward beat?

Fix:
Ok, from what I can see in the photos, you have to take the mast down, remove the tabernacle & headlining and find out what has moved. You will then need to reinforce the decking and possibly the footing or integrity of the bulkhead.

This would be done by a mixture of epoxy and something akin to a group of chainplates to the tabernacle.

I am glad you noticed this when you are tied up to a marina, not in the middle of the atlantic.

Step by step and good luck. Please post your progress (with pics)


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