Join Date: Jun 2005
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Re: Wind breakage
jib blocks, blew out pin on shackle. Had to wire it down. Shackle may have been undersized. Around 20-25 knots, small sport boat so hardware kind of lightweight
Cracked a wooden boom, wind strain too much at the vang intersection point downwind, when the bow piled into a wave and strain on rig increased. Probably boom shouldve been reinforced. And probably we shouldn't have been out there but it was racing, SF Bay, head current, on a run, so the rig got loaded up.
Broke a tiller once, too much weather helm and poor design of rudder/tiller connection. Also racing. Used a spare tiller (do I see a pattern here? We tend to carry too much sail for too long when we race)
And have partially torn a sail occasionally, caught in a squall and couldn't wrestle it down in time.
Other than that I think the boats I've been on have held together pretty well. They are designed to take a lot more wind than 25 knots, provided you don't overload them with sail.
But I don't particularly want to be out then, a nice snug harbor--or house--is preferable if we have a choice... ;-)