Thanks all for the info! super helpful! Upate, I got a new mast all stepped and everything. just have to sort out some new lugs for the main and we're in business again!
Things I have leaned!
-Check stay tension more frequently!
-Make sure that the bolts for your spreader are SLEEVED. Otherwise the mast can crimp at the spot where the spreaders push inwards.
Originally Posted by PaulinVictoria
It was a touch windy, I was in the THRASH regatta out of RVYC and it got a little interesting on Sunday on our J24, very gusty and for some reason there was a little pocket of nutter wind right at the windward mark where everyone was trying to get spins up. What size is your standing rigging on the 25? I have a Loos gauge you can borrow, but I don't recall off the top of my head what size wire it's for.
Hey Paul! painted the boat, maybe you'll notice next time you're out. bill helped with the mast a ton! The gusts were really, really weird. the rigging is 3/16ths. Do you think it would fit?
Had a similar situation once, reefed, beating in a 20+kt breeze, tacked, trimming, and *CRACK* next thing I know I see the genoa luff falling away. Our mast failed to leeward, in the post-mortem we found that the windward spreader root cup had sheared, the spreader fell off slacking the windward shroud. The mast snapped at the lowers and folded over, tearing the main in the process. This was on a Viking 28. We were about 4 NM from the dock, spun around and sailed home with the stump mast and the folded over scrap of mainsail.
Fortunately insurance came through and in a few weeks we were back in business.
Have had two other rigging failures since, but no mast loss. Both on our Choate 40, and both due to seized rod rigging ends (a deck stay and a lower shroud on separate occasions)
Oof. Thank god I didn't lose any sails, that would have really sucked.
I don't understand how the mast can come down with all of the shrouds intact. Did the mast step move?
from what I can tell, the spreader didn't pull out, but it punched a dent in the mast side, because apparently the masts didn't have an internal sleeve for the bolt to run through, so if there was pressure from each side, it just squashed the mast. Remedied now with the new mast, though.
I would like to know what happened too. I have a C&C 25 and its mast is the size of most modern day 35 footers. I have been up it several times and just don't see it snapping unless i hit a bridge.
That's what I thought too. Check if the bolts are sleeved. Like... Before the next big blow. and check your tension on the lowers. That'd probably be the deciding factor.