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Old 03-06-2007
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Dropped the rig today...

I took the V-21 out and was blasting around singlehanded and dropped the rig. The forstay parted and it ripped the tack loose from the chainplate. Paddling back solo sucks with the rig over the side. It looks like a new turnbuckle will fix the Forestay and a new U-clamp will fix the Jib. However, one of the mast step bolts pulled part way out, I got some cracked glass on the roof and a bent step. I don't know how bad the damage is yet but I reckon I'll find out. I was beating upwind and on the high side when it went. The mast came down on the low side quarter so all I got was draped with shrouds.
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Ouch, sorry to hear that CC. No injuries to you, I hope?
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Yeah that kinda kills the day but as much as it sucks you have to be greatful when no one is hurt. I was out the other week on a 56' boat and we lost the rig. Thankfully we had no injuries, and an engine for the 25 or so mile trip back to the dock. My sympathies CC.
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Sorry to hear that Charlie, glad you didn't get bonked.
Your'e an experienced sailor and it happened to you. Do you have any advice for a guy like me(besides, DUCK,LOL), on how to prevent that sorta thing? This could be a good lesson for us rookies.
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Glad to hear your ok, but you have not told us the answer were looking for. Why/How did this happen? Was the turnbuckle faulty?
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The rigging is original from 1976 and yes, the turnbuckle failed. No headaches for me physically as the stick came down on the opposite side. Check your rigging. If in a heavy saltwater environment, replace any components such as turnbuckles etc. I'm sure there are way more experienced folks up here to discuss this in detail as far as HOW to inspect the rig and what to look for. The turnbuckle looks to have failed at the chain plate pin since it was missing, possibly sheared off.
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Ouch.. I'm glad you're okay though. The rig can be replaced.
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Did the mast get bent, Charlie?
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Nope, it landed on the stern railing and bent that a touch but the stick is still straight.
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Oh, good-so it just adds up to the maintenance schedule being readjusted and your boat now has "character". Hope I'm as lucky when it happens to me.
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