Yeah- Mahogany certainly isnt my choice - too heavy, cracks and splits easily. The boat being built in Thialand in 1941. They must have had more mahogany than spuce or fir.
The mast broke off in 4 pieces - above & below the 1st spreader, and another big chunk below that. The top of the mast is still hanging from the mizzen triatic stay - I'll have to go aloft to cut it loose.
We left James Island about 1pm and headed across to the cut between Burrows and Allen Island. The weather
called for 15 - 25knts by late afternoon - we had a great sail across with everything up. Had a rough spot going through a tide rip but other than that, just a great sail. When we got to the other side in the cut the wind
switched around out of the west and pretty much died out I dropped the mizzen and had to start the motor
to make any speed. Once we got through the cut and out in Burrows Bay, the wind was coming south in strong gusts - we were close hauled heading to Bowman Bay not more than a mile from Allen Island private dock
when a gust of wind layed us over on our ear - I had up a working jib
and the main with the mizzen down - not that much sail. I was pointing up when we got hit by the gust and as soon as I got stood back up, the wind hit like a freight train, shook the whole rig like a rag doll and down she came! I got clobbered by one of those willy waa's that blow off the top of an island? Reminded me of a Mexican chubasco wind without the heat wave!
Anyway, I was lucky enough to be close to the dock
on Allen Island- so I tied up to untangle the mess and 2 hrs later, we motored on to Skyline with a wrecked ship!
That'll give them something to talk about!
The mast had begun to rot
from the inside out as I suspected - the worst being at the second spreader. But suprisingly enough, it wasnt that bad. one part of the mast - the 1st break - had no rot
at all. One of the lower spreaders broke off. The section of the mast that broke above & below the lower spreaders was about 3 feet long. This mast had one weakness in the rigging where it still had the old fashioned double diamond which would account for the way it broke I suspect.
Anyway, onward and upward!
? Maybe. It would stiffen up the boat, which would help. Being shoal draft
, she's a little tender
, but I dont want to quicken the roll either. I'd just as soon git rid of the mizzen and make a cutter
out of her but that would mean new sails and the ones I've got are perfect so that's out.
My wife says we should just build a wheel
house on her and call it good. I dont think she is going to be into sailing again for a while! I told her she should be thankful for the experience! It's not everyday you get dismasted!
Any one with wooden masts should know that they rot from the inside out and can sound solid as a rock when sounding with a hammer - mine did. The only way to tell would be by boring.
Are we having FUN yet???