Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Savannah, GA
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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.
Bill & Lisa Ballard
S/V Jo Beth
1984 Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34, Hull #16
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