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main sail lugs breaking, why?
Here is the history of my sail so anyone who answers can know the background. My boat is a Catalina 30 TRBS. I purchased it in 1996. That same year, I bought a new UK Tape Drive main and genoa. 96 through 03, I raced on Wednesday nights, first in JAM, later in SPIN. I did so so, got a couple 2nd and 3rd place flags and one 1st. Racing was done near shore on Lake Michigan, where the winds are usually light. Aside from racing, my boat is used for very light day sail cruising and mostly sits at the dock collecting bird poo.
The main was always covered when docked. In 2003, downsizing and associated financial issues put me on the hard until this year. All the sails were flaked, in bags and hung in dry storage.
First time out this year, top 5 main lugs broke. Took it to the same sailmaker who sold it to me and he replaced them. After two races (light wind), a couple evening social cruising and yesterday was out in a little heavier wind. Bringing it down, I noticed 3-4 more lugs broken. These are the next down below those which were replaced.
I asked my sailmaker why and he said "it happens". Does it really "happen" like George Carlin used to say? The original main which came with the boat in 1985 still has the original lugs and none are cracked.
Anybody care to comment on why, how, etc?