1964 Columbia Challenger
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: LA CA
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Bad day, on 2/17/19
Hi Folks. It has been a while. Some years since I lurked and/or posted. Have been sailing the old girl most every Sunday, year-round for the past 14 years with the original mast and spreaders, standing rigging replaced in '07.
It all came down on me, 2 Sundays back. Luckily I was in the harbor (Los Angeles) and it was down to 10-12 Kn of wind. Outside the break it was in the 30-40 range but I skirted that. Coasties, bless them, picked me up quickly and I had minimal wounds aside from my heart breaking (and them towing
me at 3x hull speed with a spinning mess of mast over the port side). Back at the slip, days later in the daylight, fished out all the gangly mess and mast had completely split at the spreaders and it looks like the forestay parted at the head, which may have started the whole fall. I run a CDI furler so there is no halyard as a support/backup for the forestay. Gieco has agreed to full-policy-cap hull value ($3500) and is letting me keep what is left.
I really don't want to get another boat, re-rig it, etc...and am willing to go the extra if it is within reason (for me) as I would end up replacing the standing/running rigging anyhow, most likely and other goodies to make her my own, anyway. I am seriously contemplating going back with a carbon fiber mast and reg 'ol SST wire rigging. The Coasties, albeit unintentionally, when side tying to me broke my antenna (was old, anyhow) and stove in a portlight- I looked in the JC Whitney catalog per the part number in the tips & tricks section published, here, per "You can get the rubber strip with locking strip from J.C.Whitney. It is part #81AS2557R, and the lock strip is 81AS2568W." I Put the part # in the search and a no-go on it coming up as listed part any more- anybody have a current trim profile spec that works for these old windows? I know it is a small thing in the scheme of things but I am trying to figure out, in general, and in specific if I should give up the boat.
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