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Old 08-06-2012, 13:18   #1
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Dismasted and Dismayed

In 20 knots of wind on a beam reach with a jib out and reefed main. Starboard chainplate gave way. Had to cut everything loose. So much for my month of gunkholing.

If anyone wants a nice rig, it's in 35', about 35nm wnw of Chub Cay.

Let the Hunter bashing commence........
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Old 08-06-2012, 13:34   #2
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Rough. I trust no one got hurt?
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Old 08-06-2012, 13:35   #3
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Sorry to hear of your misfortune. Can you salvage the mast?
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Old 08-06-2012, 13:35   #4
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Re: Dismasted and dismayed

I know chain plates do give out but it's not very common. I'm curious as to what actually happened. Did the chain plate break or did it rip loose from the hull.
And, definitely sorry to hear about your misfortune.
Surely, no one will be Hunter bashing.
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Old 08-06-2012, 14:24   #5
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ya know... powerboaters gunkhole all the time
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Old 08-06-2012, 14:33   #6
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In 20 knots of wind on a beam reach with a jib out and reefed main. Starboard chainplate gave way. Had to cut everything loose. So much for my month of gunkholing.

If anyone wants a nice rig, it's in 35', about 35nm wnw of Chub Cay.

Let the Hunter bashing commence........
Sorry to hear that. When that happens what do you use to cut the standing rigging? I wouldn't know where to start.
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Old 08-06-2012, 14:46   #7
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I would think it is salvagable if the mast didn't bend or break. 35' isn't that deep.
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Old 08-06-2012, 15:04   #8
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Yes, did you mark the Lat/Lon? I can free dive 35'. You could at least salvage the boom, winches and fittings. Were the sails still attached? Can salvage those as well.
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well that just sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Which chainplate, did the plate break or did a fitting break?

Seems a great idea to send someone to go get the rig.
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Definitely salvage it... ought to be easy down there...? I suppose if you have Insurance.. then maybe not....
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Old 08-06-2012, 15:49   #11
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Re: Dismasted and dismayed

Exactly how would you find a 50 ft aluminium mast 35 miles offshore?

The OP was probably a little busy at the time to plot a position accurately.

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Exactly how would you find a 50 ft aluminium mast 35 miles offshore?

The OP was probably a little busy at the time to plot a position accurately.

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I usually start with a track from the GPS.......it'l look different once the mast goes.
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OH! I missed that.... I was thinking near Chub Cay bahamas, not 35 miles away!
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I'm sure he had insurance, so he'll be unmotivated to salvage it.

Chainplate failure is VERY common. Mostly older boats 25 plus years old, but the quality of stainless available these days is much lower. I have a local delivery skipper friend that had two failures in the last year, but only lost one mast; so far.
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Old 08-06-2012, 17:01   #15
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Older chainplates apparently can look great but be dangerously unreliable. See here for a scary example: chainplate followup - SailNet Community
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