36" bolt cutters should quickly cut through turnbuckle or shackle. Place one handle in your midsection, tense your beer
muscles, grab the opposite handle in both hands and pull it in. Or put one handle on deck, the jaws up in the air, the other handle in the air directly above the one on deck, and bounce your full weight down on it. You can quickly cut 1/2" shackles this way, and 3/8" the former way. The beer
muscle method will most likely be employed when cutting away downed rigging.
TIGHTLY tape cable and cut it with a hacksaw. Best tape believe it or not is electrical tape, because the stretch of the tape gives a cumulative increase in compression
with each wrap. Duct tape doesn't do that. Be sure to pull it tight as you wrap it or the trick doesn't work.
No no no don't plan on using electrical stuff, even cordless. BUT, if you have an air compressor
, you can get a pneumatic angle grinder that will do the job albeit slower than electric
. Most fiberglass
boats won't have one, but a lot of older steel
boats will I'm thinking.
Guillotine type cutters that use a hammer will work except not so good on a fiberglass
deck. Maybe if you have a section of railroad rail. I have a short piece and I use it as an anvil a lot. Probably would be awkward to use to free a downed mast, though.
I wonder why nobody uses pelican hooks in their rigging. That would make this simple. Remove the safety
wire or mousing, trip the hooks and 23 skidoo you're done and finished.
Don't be a total retard and just let your mast go without giving it a second's thought. Try to parbuckle the mast alongside, preferably up on to your deck, if at all possible. A couple of well placed fenderboards can prevent the mast from damaging your hull
, and maybe you can even restep the mast when you find calm water. Or step the boom as a jury mast. At any rate, eventually if you make it back to a port, you will wish you didn't have to buy a new mast. Even towing it might be feasible. Would make a fair drogue
, maybe, if you are in really sucky weather.
Whatever you do, PUH-LEEEZE use a harness and stay clipped in at all times! Without a mast, you are gonna be rolling like crazy, with a sickeningly snappy motion. Don't ask me how I know.