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04-02-2012 04:06 PM
Richard61
Re: Tip of Mast hit bridge...

Sounds like a safe plan. Good Luck and great Sailing Richard
04-02-2012 02:03 PM
ranger22owner
Tip of Mast hit bridge...

Well given that I am in college and the weather has been absolutely horrible I have yet to raise the main but in regards to the motor everything is running smoothly. No cracks were at the base of the mast. All the bolts are just fine and when I looked at the rigging nothing was out of the ordinary. Once summer hits I am going to get the mast checked by a professional rigger or whatever I can afford.
04-01-2012 09:40 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Tip of Mast hit bridge...

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Originally Posted by benajah View Post
Yeah you had an accident that could happen to anyone. .......
I suppose so, but charts do give bridge heights and I don't think I would getbtha close to one I couldn't get under. I'm sure the OP now feels the same.

In fact, it never ceases to amaze me how close the top of the mast looks to a bridge that I clear by 70 feet, which I do routinely. I can't imagine how close it must look and feel when you might actually hit.
04-01-2012 01:09 AM
benajah
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Originally Posted by ranger22owner View Post
I am sorry for not being detailed enough but yes my mast caused my bow to lift essentially putting the motor partially in the water. And I was thinking of taking the mast down but I have never done it before. If I were to would I have to undo all of the lines or could I leave them on; furthermore is taking a mast down a very difficult task for a newbie? Also I will try to get pictures tomorrow to better help illustrate the picture.
Yeah you had an accident that could happen to anyone. It sucks but does happen, even to the most experienced folks.
As far as your outboard.... What I would do is pull it off the boat take it home and get an old oil barel mount the engine to it so you have water cooling then you can do whatever repairs needed right there next to your doorstep.
Don't worry about the bow, take the boat to a boatyard to look at the mast. That collision could cause damage to the chain plates, deck, rigging, not to say it did, just that it could and you should have an expert look at it. For what it is worth there is a guy selling an Catalina 22 mast and rigging for 275 on craigslist in the sf bay area right now.
Don't kick yourself in the butt. It happens just fix the damage
03-31-2012 10:58 PM
Richard61
Re: Tip of Mast hit bridge...

Hey How did everything work out? No fair posting only the first half of a story Richard
03-17-2012 03:38 PM
ranger22owner
Tip of Mast hit bridge...

My motor was in fact down because I was trolling out of the marina. Inside the marina is the draw bridge that I unfortunately hit. which is why I am not sure of how far it went in the water, it just shut off right after we hit and wouldn't start for a couple hours but once it did it ran perfect. That is when I checked the motor and (my inexperienced eye) did not find any water.
03-17-2012 10:32 AM
NotQuiteCapnRon
Re: Tip of Mast hit bridge...

My lone experience with salt water in a flipped dinghy motor was that the milkyness color of the oil/saltwater mixture was very obvious. After looking at the photo again, I would agree that it looks unlikely you could have dunked the motor.
03-17-2012 05:41 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Tip of Mast hit bridge...

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Originally Posted by ranger22owner View Post
Thankyou for all of the helpful advice but regarding the motor how else can I check for water? I have opened it up checked the spark plugs and oil. The oil had no sign of any sort of water entering it. I looked around the rest of the motor And didn't see any pools of any sort, unless I am missing something...
Were you motoring or sailing at the time? If sailing, as it sounds, the engine in the pic wouldn't submerge in flat water, unless you lifted the bow 45 degrees. I don't think you have a problem. If the motor was down, it's harder for me to tell where it lies, but your situation would have understandably felt more dramatic than it probably was..

I suspect your motor was unaffected.
03-17-2012 04:54 AM
seanseamour Not the same problem but may interest some, watch an 80' rig go under a maybe 65' bridge clearance http://www.artseaprovence.com/2012/0...stal-waterway/
03-17-2012 04:37 AM
ranger22owner
Tip of Mast hit bridge...

Thankyou for all of the helpful advice but regarding the motor how else can I check for water? I have opened it up checked the spark plugs and oil. The oil had no sign of any sort of water entering it. I looked around the rest of the motor And didn't see any pools of any sort, unless I am missing something...
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