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Unhappy Mast Shrinkage

Hello All. New to this, bare with me. Or is that bear?
Recently sailing on a friend's Mottle/Adams 28(?). On a reach in a 20Kn breeze when we heard a loud bang. Eased the boat and dropped the sails to find that the mast was about 25mm shorter!!?? Stays/shrouds loose otherwise everything looked OK ish except for the slight dishing of the coachhouse.

Anyone with any experience of a similar nature before we tear it all apart?

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Was that about a 25mm 'slight dishing of the coachhouse'? Sounds like a compression post below the mast step has modified itself.....(but that's a WAG as I don't know the boat...)

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Thanks for your quick reply. The compression post looks and feels fine. We had a thought that perhaps the insulation between the layers of the coachhouse had collapsed. Sound Likely? Would it be constructed in that way?
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As Faster said, something under the mast went south on you. Start at the mast base and work your way down. Something between the butt of the mast and the keel is undoubtedly broken. Depending on how your compression post is supported, the problem could be hidden under the cabin sole.

Edit: Then again, maybe your mast is just a victim of "cold water shrinkage". It happens to the best of us.
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Edit: Then again, maybe your mast is just a victim of "cold water shrinkage". It happens to the best of us.
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It was as though he had pitched a ripe melon right over the plate.

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I've got some mast shrinkage from prostate surgery! I can still sail though.

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I can tell you all about Cals shrinking as mine did a bit before I replaced the bad part and would think if it has a compression post it would be much the same

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Thanks for the help. Will look further. Pleased to hear about all your medical conditions and prostate issues as well. Perhaps we can give it a purple pill?
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