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post #11 of 35 Old 03-12-2012
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Re: Tip of Mast hit bridge...

Where did the top foot of the mast go? Is it hanging there? Are all the shrouds and stays still attached?

I have a feeling that you only tore off the accessories on top of the mast, light, windex, static discharger, wind speed, whatever you had.

If so, have her inspected by a professional rigger to be sure you didn't "almost" break something that might let go at the worst time. Rigging is safety gear.

On the other hand, you say your mast is straight. Ironically, many masts are forcibly bent when the backstays/forestay are tuned properly. Maybe you did damage some of the rigging. Have her checked. If you're new to this, you're going to need someone very familiar to readjust the stays and shrouds when you put the mast back anyway. You can't just guess.

Sorry to hear about the nasty lesson.


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If the o/b was submerged I would want to check the oil, for a start. If the engine oil is water contaminated, running it is not a great idea. Also dry all the connections in the ignition system, and take a look at the gasoline. If the bleed valve was open at the time, there might be water in the gas.

I would not actually have tried starting it before removing the spark plug and checking inside the cylinder for water.

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Hey guys so the pictures are not too clear but here is the mast from afar. Also regarding the motor, it is better now I just dried out the inside and she runs like a beauty!!

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Re: Tip of Mast hit bridge...

Picture needs to be bigger... can you try pasting your 'IMG CODE' link option?

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Re: Tip of Mast hit bridge...

If there is any lube oil, lower unit lube oil, anything like that in the engine?

If you don't want to change it, at least check it very carefully ot make sure there is no water in it. Any milky or foamy appearance, there's water in it.
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Oh and sorry for the unexplained picture above. My boat is the ranger 22 (twilight zone) in the front right. I really cannot tell if my mast is in fact bent to the point of getting a new one. The picture below is the tip of the mast of what is left. Will I be able to keep my mast? None of the lines have been affected nor the base of the mass on the ceiling of the cabin.

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Re: Tip of Mast hit bridge...

Your mast looks like it might be OK, but the picture is too small and low res to be certain... here it looks like just a VHF antenna that is damaged.
The rigging appears intact, as does the masthead crane etc..

Could be you just got off with a warning.

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Oh man I am sorry I didnt realize the size of the picture. Here is a better one of the lines. Hopefully this helps...



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Re: Tip of Mast hit bridge...

That's much better! I think you're going to be OK... the 'looking up the mast 'view is most helpful.. even your VHF may still work despite the 'off kilter' antenna.

You certainly didn't 'break off the top foot or so', as you seemed to indicate earlier.

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That is very good news. Maybe it wasn't a foot down that broke off maybe it scraped a foot down. So do you think I will be fine if I decide to pull up the sails today?
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