Sunday afternoon phone
call: "Hey, Mac, did you know your boom is broken?
"No, Jim, didn't know my boom is broken"
"Well, it's hanging out over the dock
and it's definitely broken."
"Be right down, Jim."
The call I received was from a neighboring boater at the marina. Twenty minutes later I was at the marina looking at my fractured boom as it overhung the dock
. The electric winch
that controlled the mainsheet was still turning.
What could be seen was that the winch
had self-started. As the mainsheet wound in on the mid-sheeting boom supported by a topping lift
, the boom was bent until it fractured. Three blocks were broken and finally the mainsheet parted.
This happened in October, four months ago. The incident was reported to Lewmar
USA and, at their request, the switch and control box
were forwarded to them. In turn, I am told, these parts
were sent to Lewmar
Quite disappointing that, after four months, the good folks in Lewmar's home office have offered no response to my queries.