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Re: Tip of Mast hit bridge...
Your boat appears to be a fractional rig with swept back spreaders
If the top foot or so of the mast is 'broken off' then the backstay must already be slack.. the mast is still standing because of the tripod of the forestay and the shrouds. If indeed you're missing the top foot of your mast you'll need a new one to be able to reuse the old main. I suppose you could recut the sail and remake the masthead fitting to avoid that but then you'd have a nonstandard, underpowered R22.... not ideal...
To drop that rig now you will need to release the forestay, the shrouds will slacken as the mast moves back. you'll have to disconnect the shrouds completely to try to drop it forward. Use tied off halyards to help guide the mast down straight.. a few helpers will be better than one.
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Last edited by Faster; 03-11-2012 at 11:41 PM.