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Old 07-12-2007, 18:41   #1
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Another Columbia River Sailor

Just stumbled across this forum and thought I would say hi. My wife and I own a 1988 Pearson 27 "Ollie" and sail on the Columbia River in Portland. We dismasted last August, but hope to be sailing again by Spring (fingers crossed). I also do some racing in the Ranger 20 fleet as crew. Fun little boats!!!

Nice to meet you all!!!!
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Old 07-12-2007, 21:29   #2
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Hi PDX,
I am in Florida but a good friend of mine is keeping watch over you up there in the Columbia River. My buddy John Paul joined the Coast Guard and is now stationed in Portland, on the Columbia, on one of(the?) coast guard cutters. Welcome Aboard!
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Old 07-12-2007, 22:02   #3
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PDX - Welcome aboard. Sorry to hear about the dismasting. Our boat was dismasted in 2001. Old rigging. Pretty much the entire value of the boat is in the new mast, rigging and sails. Preventative maintenance would have been a lot cheaper.

What happened to yours?
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Old 08-12-2007, 00:27   #4
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We bought the boat last Spring from a "company" that fixes up boats. It had a brand new mast, boom, sails, and rigging. The third time having it out sailing in 10 knots of wind the mast came crashing down. Insurance company hired a surveyer and found the mast was improperly assembled. So, insurance won't cover it. It seems they did not install compression rods between the tangs for the lower shrouds and they used aluminum pop rivots to attach the spreaders. The "company" that did the work does not want to pay, so been talking to lawyers and plan to take legal action against them. Sucks!!!!
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Wow - That's terrible. So little more effort for them to have done it right.
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Insurance should pay out and then go the rigger. Wonder why we pay these buggers for insurance sometimes.
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Aloha PDX,
Welcome aboard!! Hope you can get satisfaction concerning your mast. If the people you bought the boat from won't fix it I'd like to know who they are just so I and my friends never do business with them and we can recommend others not do business with them either.
There are quite a few PNW sailors here on the forum and some in your immediate area. Hope you can connect.
I'm originally from Salem and still have lots of relatives there.
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