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That's just downright scary. Glad you got the boat back in good condition. Ring the guy's phone off the hook, and get the deal done.

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Sorry to hear of your problems but as stated before there are some people whom are nasty and don't respect others property. This kind of thing happens almost yearly where I have my 28', it is a private marina in a beach asscoation - private harbor. First of the year there are always one or two boats that become untied by themselves and if you are luck it just floats around the harbor, if unlucky its an out going tide and it makes it out of the breakwater. Last yr I had just brought the boat over and left it one night with out my cable lock got a call the next day it had floated three slips down and bouncing around between the fingers. They were to stupid to relies that in was incoming tide, luckly I had no damage. BUY A LOCK AND CABLE!!!!

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I sure am going to buy locks and cables. Losing a boat would be devastating to me, even with insurance.

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I was able to go to my boat today and quickly check for damage. I only seen the rubber bumber lining on the starboard side was torn off. Now here is the bad thing, I looked up at the mast and seen the horizontal cross bar up top that has the two lights on it, the right side of it is gone, got pulled off by the bridge and the support cable is just hanging there. Is this boat still ok to at least sail with the mast like this? Nothing is wrong with the main mast pole.
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You must be kidding!

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So, you're missing the starboard rubrail... is the hull-deck joint damaged? On many boats, the rubrail mounts over the joint and may have been damaged when it was torn off.

The horizontal bars are called spreaders, and if the starboard spreader is gone, then you can't sail the boat... you're lucky you didn't lose the mast... and you should probably run a halyard down to the starboard side to help support the mast.

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I was able to go to my boat today and quickly check for damage. I only seen the rubber bumber lining on the starboard side was torn off. Now here is the bad thing, I looked up at the mast and seen the horizontal cross bar up top that has the two lights on it, the right side of it is gone, got pulled off by the bridge and the support cable is just hanging there. Is this boat still ok to at least sail with the mast like this? Nothing is wrong with the main mast pole.

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I will be doing a thorough inspection of the boat tomorrow. Hopefully the hull-deck joint is not damaged. I mean I just bought this boat, only had it for 5 days and only left it alone for 1 day and in what was supposed to be a good area! I may end up having to sell this boat now, I am not buying a whole mast already. If the mast needs work, that means it needs to be taken down. I don't know anything about working on a mast. Also the little wind vain is broken, so a new sailor needs this and I don't have it now. I am wondering if I can buy these spreaders seperately? If the mast would have been like this, I would have never bought the boat. The mast was in very good shape, thats what is ashame.

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As long as the mast hasn't been damaged... you can probably replace the spreader and shroud.

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Not a big deal man. If you're going to own a boat, better learn how to work on them as well. Pretty much goes hand in hand. Either that or be willing to pay someone else to fix it for you. Good luck man, she's a beauty - it'd be a shame to see her go so soon...

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Well, I tell you man after looking online, it seems darn near impossible to find something better then what I bought. It just seems like a really good sturdy boat to me and I read a lot of positive things about the CAL 25s both online and in a book. Its big, seems easy to sail and learn on plus it can grow with me. Now that I can't sail it, I better start looking for a good outboard and find it quick or I will never get it away from where its at. The little minn kota 50# was ok to get in and out the docks but it certainly wont make it across the lake. I need the sails for that or at least an 8-10 hp outboard.

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