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total boondoggle this weekend. Drove all the way to millerton lake (1 hr 20min), step the mast, the forestay is 4 inches too short so i unhook the starboard shroud to attempt to get a little wiggle room. Totally forgot the pigtail i saw in the cabin and wondered what it could possibly go to. shroud unhooked, attemping to hold the mast up while it was loose on two planes. wind came, knocked the darn thing down, pulled the bracket clean out of the fiberglass and bent the bracket.
The mast is intact and straight (wind vane bent to heck and light shattered), but instead of sailing i spent the weekend doing fiberglass repair and now have to go to morgan and slates(farm machine shop) to have them either bend my bracket back or fab a new one. jeeze louise. could have been a lot worse I suppose.
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total boondoggle this weekend. ....... could have been a lot worse I suppose.
Sure could have.. you could've dropped the mast on somebody or something. Good thing no one was hurt.

Bummer, though,,,,,
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Damn gravity!
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Re: Total Boondoggle

Gravity always wins, in the end.

Had the same thing happen with a friends Rhodes 19' years ago.
Mast fell, bent tabernacle & Frankenstein bolts that fit into said tabernacle.
Fixable but not pretty.

No one hurt but our egos.
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Re: Total Boondoggle

Figure out the rigging at home with a helper. Then, when you know how it all goes together, practice doing it alone. Should be about ready to head off to the lake then.
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Re: Total Boondoggle

Well if you sat on the couch watching TV all day and never tried to do anything, then nothing would ever go wrong. I've done smilar damage and you will quickly recover.

Smooth sailing!
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Fix and chalk it up to experience...at least you remember what that pigtail is for now.

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Re: Total Boondoggle

Well, we are almost back in business! The bracket is on its way, if you ever need Macgregor parts this is the place: BWY Parts List
Part should be here Friday, the glass is already patched and I am adding a backing plate to the bracket when I mount it. Should be buttoned up by noonish on Saturday and we are heading out to for the rest of the weekend.
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