I just bought a CAL 29 from a friend who I know cares for his boat. So it was just dumb luck that this happened on my first voyage on my new boat. It could've easily have happened during the sea trial prior to the sale, but alas...
Was sailing along on a port tack for about an hour when BANG...loud noise, and pieces-parts raining down on deck. Looked up, saw the shroud not attached to the spreader any more! I didn't realize the spreaders were made out of wood!
Rounded up into the wind, started engine, dropped sails, made it back to port none the worse for wear, personally anyway. Pic here (spreader-damage | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
), taken from forward of the mast, shows the port shroud not attached to the end of the port spreader (right side of pic, still has a part hanging off it). You can see the splintered wood where the spreader failed. You can also see how the top of the mast seems a bit bent to starboard. I'm assuming that happened when she blew but before I rounded up.
My questions, if anyone is kind enough to offer advance.
1) I'll probably pay someone to fix this for me. How much are we talking for cost? I'm assuming new spreader, reattaching the shroud, and then tuning, it I imagine. I'm not sure though which is why I'm asking for advice.
2) Any thoughts on the new spreader? I'm not so keen on wood spreaders.
3) Is the mast slight bend a major problem? Or will she straighten out once the spreader is replaced and the shrouds hooked up properly again.
Thanks again for any advice!