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Yes, there are safety issues you need to be worried about. Something big got bent by the mast being essentially unsupported with the wind forces pulling on it. Think of the sailboat as a shoe box. Now glue a stick to the top of the shoe box and push forward on it... the section attached to the base will twist forward causing the leading edge of it to depress and possibly causing the aft edge to rise up a bit—that's basically what happened to your mast and deck.
Is the boat's mast deck-stepped or keel-stepped??
Is the boat an epoxy composite or vinylester/polyester resin build?
Chances are likely that you're going to have to call in a surveyor or marine architect/engineer to look at the problem. If the forward part of the deck is depressed by more than a 1/4", other things could have broken as well. I don't think the deck itself shifted, more like the deck was bent.
It could have easily broken the tabbing holding the bulkheads in place as well as broken connections between a hull liner and the hull. This is not going to be a cheap repair more likely than not.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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