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05-25-2009 08:49 PM
laniertartan reading your forums about your mast jamming forward. How did it turn out? did you have it repaired? what part of the country are you in?

hope it was a happy ending.
08-12-2008 12:59 PM
Banshi I'd like to hear back what the "professionals" comes up with. Given it is keel stepped, sounds like the only real structurally significant damage could be the mast. If the backstay tightened up before the deck stopped giving way you might get lucky and just need the deck fixed.
08-11-2008 11:24 PM
sailingdog Given the current status of Tartan marine, I don't know how much help they would be. They're currently in limbo in many ways.
08-11-2008 08:17 PM
7Psych Have you contacted Tartan Marine?? They definatly could supply you with all the answers and then move forward from there. They built it, they know what went into it....
08-11-2008 08:07 PM
citation34 Survey courtesy of the insurance company. This sounds seriously structural; fortunately no one got hurt

Mark
08-11-2008 07:53 PM
NOLAsailing How loose does that backstay get? Downwind, I ease my adjuster completely off. Some boats even use a fraculator to bend the mast even farther forward (granted, these masts are probably bendier than yours).

The point is that I think that the eased backstay must have exposed a pre-existing condition - probably a core issue or poor tabbing on the bulkheads. Unfortunately, this does sound like a major issue.

Good luck with it.
08-11-2008 07:25 PM
t3000 The mast is keel-stepped and the deck is cored. I m going to look for a pro. Damn, don't know what is costing me more, the kids or the boat.
08-11-2008 04:30 PM
jbondy From looking at yachtworld pix of sister ships for sale, the 3000 appears to have a keel stepped mast with a partial bulkhead about a foot forward, about where t3000 reported the deck "bump" to be. It sounds like the mast, when pushed forward, pushed the deck in front of it down. This compression of the deck would also push the bulkhead down, causing the issue with the head door that he reported. I don't know if the partial bulkhead is structural, but I'd be concerned about that. Also, I'd want to know whether there is any delamination in the deck where the bump is. It sounds like you need a pro.
08-11-2008 10:56 AM
sailingdog Banshi-

Some deck-stepped masts are through-bolted to the compression post once they're up. It could have some serious effects on the deck if it were to try and move.

Granted, more information is definitely needed. However, I think professional inspection is required....given the hidden damage that could have resulted from such large stresses on the cabintop.
08-11-2008 09:58 AM
Banshi I am guessing it has to be keel stepped or the mast would simply have gone forward perhaps damaging the step itself and the attachment point but not the deck in front of it. Assuming it is keel stepped I can't imagine any major structural damage that would justify the cost of professional inspection unless you intend to have someone else fix it. I would worry about the damage allowing water intrusion if it is a cored deck and getting the bow out so the door will function properly. If it is cored it's possible the cored material was compressed forcing the top and bottom laminates to bow out. This could create the situation you describe. Some pictures would be helpful and no doubt someone here knows exactly how it was constructed which would help in diagnosing what has happened.
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