Originally Posted by S/V Alchemy
I didn't look closely, but if it's bent in the part beneath the spreaders and it's keel-stepped, it's probably damaged the partners.
Can't say that I agree with this... Once the support of shrouds is removed from an aluminium tube mast, it is extremely fragile athwartships. A failure such as the one shown would not be likely to damage the partners of a proper keel
We were dismasted in our previous boat (Palmer Johnson Standfast 36, keel
stepped mast) when a lower shroud
clevis pin came out. Mast broke about 200 mm above the deck, it all went overboard
and was cut away, losing 5 winches, mast, boom, three sails
, instruments, lights and all the standing rigging
. There was no damage to the partners. The chap in the picture has saved all of these things except the mast, so things could have been worse for him.
Looking about at the various deck-stepped masts on current
production boats, I see no tabernacle type mounts, but who knows what this boat had.
I do agree about the handyness of a real tabernacle, though!
Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II lying Morning Cove, NSW, Oz