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Re: Fire ! / Heat Damage
This is just me but...
I would not loose a sailing season over this. Get photos, get a surveyor, talk to the insurance guys... and then launch. If nothing other than the light is critical, go. Even if the furler is not functional, it is still a foil (should be able to hoist and drop easily). Inspect the stem head and forestay to make certain they are sound. It shouldn't be too hard for a close inspection to reveal the maximum temperature they saw.
Get a cash award and fix it next winter.
Of course, everything I said based upon there being no serious structural issues. There is some melted bumper and some gelcoat that may be damaged--I certainly can't tell from photos--but perhaps nothing that can't wait until a mid-summer break or fall. What is the value of a lost season? You can't ever get it back, you could have unforgettable experiences on the water, and insurance won't cover the living you loose it. Though I take good care of my boat and enjoy tinkering and perfecting, at the end of the day it is a tool for living.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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