Originally Posted by laurie42
. . . but if a shroud
parted, I imagine the mast would take a chunk of the cabin with it as it went over the side. This is the picture which prompted the original post . . .
I rather doubt that. I had a 17 ft Newport
and the aluminum
mast was light enough I could lift
it off the trailer storage
and carry it to the proper position for the tabernacle pin. If the mast fell forward or aft you might put a dent in the mast and maybe a "ding" in the fiberglass hull
where it hit. If the mast fell athwartship, as might happen if a shroud failed while really heeled over you might bend the pin or deform the tabernacle/mast shoe, but I doubt you would do any damage to the actual hull/cabin top. The aluminum
mast is thin and light and like a "soda straw" would bend or dent a lot sooner than anything else.
But in any case finding a replacement mast is both time consuming and expensive - so a careful examination of the wire and any fittings/swags/nicropress, etc., is well worth it. I had problems with the shrouds/stays getting "kinked" in the process of raising and lower the mast. The invariably got stuck on something as I raised the mast and a kink resulted.