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Good replies so far.
Be careful with insurance here as Chip suggests. If the Ins. Co. adjuster/surveyor determines that the breakage is due to "normal wear & tear" they may reject covering the claim. The reason for the breakage should be investigated by you, or a surveyor you hire to make a report. A good surveyor will be able to make a report that the Ins. would pay for given sufficient grounds. Your say-so is not sufficient grounds.
It would be worthwhile to contact a surveyor on many levels as they may be able to help point you in the right direction with your repairs or replacement.
As to repairing a broken mast like yous, it is generally unadvisable, unless you know of a really good metal working shop that can make a sleeve that will support the break at least 3' in either direction while still keeping the mast straight and true. Hopefully out of the same aluminum alloy. I'm just picking 3' and I'm not an engineer or naval architect, it could even be longer. The repair has to be true or it will break again, perhaps in a different spot when the wind tops 20 knots again. The repair will also add some weight aloft which is not good.
But hey, if you have your own metal shop and love doing this kind of stuff, by all means have at.
I'd recommend not throwing good money after bad by repairing it and bite the bullet and order a new mast from Catalina; even the un-rigged one that Chip mentions. (I'm great at spending other peoples money.) You would learn a lot by rigging the wires yourself or even observing your rigger while they do it.
You will also be able to sail with a high degree of confidence that your rig is solid if you replace it.
You didn't say (or I dont recall) if your shrouds/stays need replacing but I will assume that they most certainly do, or are suspect. You can take your existing stays off the rig and bring them to a rigger to replicate, or do it yourself. Take old hardware off mast and pray that it fits the new expensive extrusion you ordered.
Anyway, good luck, glad no one was hurt and may you and your boat be whole again soon.
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