This is the "highlight" in and endless line of damage and broken parts
of my 2 years owner ship of a Mooring Leopard
38 Cat, bought in Tortola, British Virgin Islands
, from Mooring
The toggle on the forestay broke, the mast
was coming down.
One can imagine the damage! Solar Panels
, Main sail, Furling
system, Genua, Blocks, etc. all gone!
38 is year 2000. The rigg was checked regulary as I'm a bluewater sailor. But it's nearly impossible to check the toggle below the forestay, because the Profurl furling
system covers it completly.
There was not to much help from Robertson&Caine, South Africa
after the accident
, but some 'nice' words from Richard Stubbs, manufactor of Southern Spars:
"All the stays and shrouds should have been replaced at least 5 years ago. [than the Cat was still owned by Moorings...]
You don't ever like to see something like this happening, but having said that it is up to the owners of these boats to adhere to the basics of maintenance."
So make your own decision about this accident
and the quality of the products of Southern Spars and not at least Robertson&Caine! It seams the are made for charter
not for Bluewater!
In any case:
CHECK YOUR TOGGLE ! Maybe with a little mirror! And it's a good idea to install a Babystay!