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After dismasting...

I sincerely hope none of you have dismasted during a cruise. However, I suspect all of the cruisers among you have given this possibility considerable thought.

Here's my question: How do we best clear shrouds after a dismasting event?

A rigger here in Maine suggested I get a battery powered grinder with a cutting wheel. The fellow who owns the boatyard I use agreed.

I understand cable cutters and bolt cutters have difficulty with our heavy PSC rigging. Hydraulic cutters are big and too expensive for me.

Hack saws are likely too slow.

Any thoughts or experiences you can share will be appreciated.

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Re: After dismasting...

I've never been dismasted but I routinely use heavy duty bolt cutters to cut the old quarter inch SS wire that came off my boat when it was re-rigged (I use pieces for various things around the shop). It cuts easily with the bolt cutters. One snip and done.
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Re: After dismasting...

This may be of interest:

Crash Test Boat - Dismasted | Yachting Monthly Out and About pictures | Yachting Monthly
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Re: After dismasting...

Replace Standing Rigging with Dyneema Dux.

If rig fails cut standing rigging with ceramic knife.

One of the many benefits of Dyneema Dux rigging.

If single stay fails replace with a piece to the coiled Dyneema Dux you keep on board.

Dux less likely to fail because you can visually inspect and see any wear/weak spots.

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Re: After dismasting...

On the dismasting that I was crew on, a Swan 48, we cut the rigging using bolt cutters and also we just unattached at the turnbuckles. We let everyting go into Davy Jones Locker. 400 miles from Bermuda. Luckily the engine started!
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Re: After dismasting...

I carry the same 24" bolt cutters that I used to re-rig with in the port cockpit locker. I can snip through our 9/32 wire in seconds. The 24" model does take a little muscle. If you can afford to stow longer ones, it would be even easier.

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Re: After dismasting...

I've been dismasted once; not on my boat, but on a Catalina 36 in charter service. It was not a fun experience and happened during a brief, but intense squall on Biscayne Bay in South Florida. The rig came down when a terminal fitting on the split backstay failed. Fortunately, we were sailing only a few miles south of Miami and Coconut Grove.

The boat had very limited tools aboard. We were able to get the boat anchored and secured the rig well enough with halyards, sheets, and other assorted lines and spare PFD's to stop it from bashing hard against the hull. The crew on the tow boat which responded secured and recovered the rig. No rigging was cut, and everything was just let go at the turnbuckles.

I should add that this was back in the days before cell phones were the norm. Whenever I sailed on a boat that was not my own, I carried my 'other-boat-bag' along every time. Among the little treasures it held was a fully charged handheld VHF. Because the boat was ill-equipped, (yes, I knew better!), it was necessary to call for help. Without the handheld, we would have had no way to call for assistance and would have had to rely on another method for raising someone's attention.

Aboard Jo Beth, we do carry a pair of 24" bolt cutters.
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Re: After dismasting...

Thank you all.

It looks like bolt cutters and turnbuckle detachment is the way to go.

The video was very useful. The mast is obviously very unwieldy and the boats motion quickens and amplifies.

Hoping that none of us experience this event.

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Re: After dismasting...

Noticed most folks had knee pads on, might be a good addition to the emergency repair grab bag.
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Re: After dismasting...

No personal experience, I remember reading someone talking about having a good center punch and hammer aboard for driving out pins. Seems like a good idea to me.

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