I just watched the video "180║ South - Conquerors of the Useless" which traces a trip to Patagonia, a sort of homage to the guys who did a seventies surfer/mountaineer road trip which culminated in their climing of Cerro ChaltÚn, or Mount Fitroy. I recommend it to anyone who loves the sea, the mountains, or Patagonia.
In the early stages the protagonist hitches a ride on a 52' cutter
called "Seabear", from Mexico
via the Galapagos
Despite being clearly a very well built, well specced and well maintained vessel, a rigging
failure means they break their mast
. To the surprise of the protagonist, the skipper
goes over the side and rigs lines to enable them hoist a section of the broken mast
(500 lbs in weight) on board, rather than cutting it free as most people would do.
Having sailed to Rapanui/Easter Island (which was the only land within range) and had a bit of a look around, I can understand why they were not able to dock
the boat there - the only dock
, apart from not having enough depth
alongside (meant only for lighters), is about the least sheltered dock I've personally come across.
So they begged a couple of bits of timber (in short supply on Easter Island at times) - not even enough to rig the usual sheerlegs, but they managed to hoist the mast from a single
pole, fairly shorthanded, while anchored in an open roadstead. They used a method the skipper
gleaned from a manual of sailing-ship practice from days long gone.
It's shown in sufficient detail on the DVD
to be quite instructive, and certainly thought provoking.