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Have you ever had that feeling a dark cloud was following just you and a select few others around....occasionally opening her skirt and wetting on your parade.



Despite your best efforts to be prepaired with a good umbrella in hand or a bit of tin roof to duck under you still find yourself the loan soaked sap standing with hands in pockets, pipe in mouth upside down to keep it from filling to the brim...brimmed hat bent full turn down along sides of your head.... All the while scanning the horizon looking for a glimpse of some sympathetic pair of eyes gazing from some distance off.... Someone basking in the sunlight all the while witness to your plight and you hope their good fortune is passing your way some time very soon.



Yep I think we have all been there a few times to be sure..a
"Demasting of the Heart" I will call it for lack of a more appropriate or descriptive term.



Life has a way of turning your failures into successes and your successes into disappointment's to be sure..we can only bank on the former to mantain some semblance of sanity and good cheer.



My saga continues with my "land yacht"..and I am now well on past a full 2 1/2 years of ownership with only three sails under my belt on her decks...2 of thoes in my home waters....Im thinking on renaming her "Rain Cloud" ..



She is beautiful and she is a blast to sail but I am loosing my excitement in her all the same...............I expect this feeling will all pass some day when "Rain Clouds" lift and sun and winds return to my face ... taunt canvas pulling the water line closer and closer to the toe rail, tight lines reverberating and singing their work shanty song of strain and chanting squawks of defiant determination to hold fast their grip on winch and cleat.



Yes a "Demasting of the Heart" is a sorry state to find oneself in but there I now sit.... De-masted in more then just imaginary terms...And I dont even have a gallant story of near death survival at sea nor heroic actions of bravery and MacGyver invention and salvation to share at the bar...No my friends.... tonight I drink alone under my bit of Rain Cloud.
 

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Dude? what happened? I can't figure out the last pic. Did the mast come down, and if so, how?

Eric
 

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Sounds like you need to share whatever happened. You've got at least a couple of pairs of sympathetic ears right here and if I know anything about the Sailnet folk there are a lot more out there
 

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it looks like a keel steped mast and the deck failed allowing the mast to jump the keel step and lean over damaging the deck worse
 

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Ah jeez...

Still - I know you've taken some hard knocks of late - but I'm beggin' ya, hang in there dude. Just keep remembering those few times you had her out, and how excited you were. That will make up for all the hell you're going through now.

It kills me to see you getting smacked down. Keep the faith. God bless you.
 

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SR, I know the feeling. Not with Abracadabra, thank God, but with our new-to-us little stink-boat. It's a long, sad tale. Part poor judgment on her captain's part and part just bad dumb luck. So, for what it's worth, you're not alone. I, too, remain optimistic that some day (soon, I hope - please let it be soon) the clouds will part and all will be well with her.

Good luck and fair winds.

Jim
 

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The yard was installing my new mast step I designed and had built pictured below to comply with category one off shore racing rules required for our local Swiftsure Race.

Their crane operator droped the mast and it laid over at about a 40 degree angel in the partners...One "Key-Stone-Cop" derailment after another...:(
 

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Still,

I somehow missed your note back in June, so it is good to hear news from you. But I'm sorry to hear about the mast/deck damage.

Here's hoping the clouds part soon (they always do eventually) and you're back on the water again for a glorious autumn. - John
 

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Yep, the yard did that to his boat. The same yard that made him wait forever to pull the mast and re-step it for some wiring work because they didn't have the time, pulled it and then decided to set it back to run and go do something for another boat. When they came back and hooked up again, the slings slipped and that happened.
 

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Yep, the yard did that to his boat. The same yard that made him wait forever to pull the mast and re-step it for some wiring work because they didn't have the time, pulled it and then decided to set it back to run and go do something for another boat. When they came back and hooked up again, the slings slipped and that happened.
After they pay for/repair the damages, it's probably time for a new yard. Boating is supposed to be a source of enjoyment, not hassle. Many yards don't seem to get this.
 

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After they pay for/repair the damages, it's probably time for a new yard. Boating is supposed to be a source of enjoyment, not hassle. Many yards don't seem to get this.
Thanks everyone..

You are dead right about that John..


And yes this is on the yard to repair and make right..the mast looks.. fine no dents or buckles other then the now screwed up new paint job... we just had it completely striped and redone last year...but Im making them somehow certify it as dammage free by an outside engineering firm.

No its not so much the dammage that happened as it could have been way worse... its just getting disheartening to see yet another Summer come and go without sailing her...and this one was a beaute to boot hot with wind, not like that often around here.

Our agreement was to have her compleated by May first. This yard caters to mega yachts and commercial fishing boats so I have ended up the kicked around red headed step child so to speak...

As Charlie mentioned, they made me wait almost 2 weeks for the crane to be available for my job and no sooner I get it they pull it off after one day...half way through the repair to go do something else that was more inportant and could not wait one more day I guess..So I wasent there when they set it back down and re-picked it again...thats when things went south...well actually "West"..Ha!....it would not have happened had they not did that.
 

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Scott,

I am tryin gto ind the right word(s) to say... but I guess THAT SUCKS is the best I can come up with. Somehow I have managed to miss the really bad yards. You seem to be stuck with them.

I would be such a squeaky wheel to get that thing fixed, they would prioritize me just to not have to listen to me anymore. I agree with John, sailing is supposed to be relaxing - not that crap.

I am very happy to see you posting around here again. I can't wait to see more pics of you cruising and enjoying your boat. You know that you can leave your boat, and leave sailing, but it can never get out of your blood... don't you?

You are a great guy. Things will turn out alright. I will PM you too.

Brian
 
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