|The boat, a Catalina 27, was dismasted during 40 to 50 knot winds |
and now sits in its slip with all the rigging, sails, and
broken mast laying on the deck
|I can't imagine being on deck when all the rigging came crashing down. |
I'm sure that it didn't land in a pile as it now sits--I'm sure some
of it went in the water and had to be hauled on deck.
|The dismasting occurred while the jib was furled since |
it is laying on deck in the furled condition.
|It took a lot of force to fracture an aluminum mast in this manner!|
|It is difficult to imagine how and why the tiller broke--probably from the |
falling mast or boom. This means that after the incident, not only
were the sails inoperable but there was no steerage except
what the electric outboard motor could provide.
|It's clear that the chain plates that failed had been leaking for a while |
since there is a big glob of caulking where the shrouds
were previously attached (at red arrows).