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broke the front of my masthead...

[IMG]C:\Documents and Settings\farzam\My Documents\hn\Boat_pictures\mast.jpg[/IMG]
I have attached a picture that is not pretty...

first the piece of wood I removed, what it was there for I have not idea.

second the front part of my mast head broke, this as you can see connects the halyard to the jib...I need to know how I can remedy this situation without replacing the mast head. I want to continue and sail so I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions...(other than just sailing on the main)...!!!

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sorry the link failed and the upload failed...shoot...let me try again...
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You have to host it from the web, not your local computer. You can upload it to a photo-hosting site, like freeimagehosting. If that doesn't work for you, you can email the image to me. I'll upload it on my site and post it for you. info at triton218 dot com.
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Depending on what broke, you can do a few things.. .a photo would help immensely btw. If it is just the sheave for the jib halyard, you could rivet or screw a tang, padeye or boombail to the mast and use an external halyard. Primitive, but relatively easy to do, and a relatively fast repair. You could even do this without dropping the mast.

Did the part that connects the forestay to the mast also break, or not? If so, you could do something similiar, but would need to have it wrap a good way around the boom so the screws and rivets are in shear, rather than just tension. They will generally be stronger in resisting shearing forces, especially screws, than tension forces...since screws are generally only held in a mast by the few threads that are tapped into the aluminum of the mast.
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