It was dark when we were dismasted, fortunately only 65 n. mi. SE Cape Moreton (gateway to Brisbane
, QLD, Oz).
We did things a bit differently, but it was a different type of dismasting
, because our mast broke just about 8" above the deck
, so there was really nothing to work
with--even the spinnaker
pole was gone.....
She (the woman in the You tube vid) said something like "if you have no sails
, you have to motor
." To me, this showed that she (or they?) had not considered how else their 1/2 mast could be supported, minus the chainplate connection. It would depend on what you have, how your boat
is constructed, if there were other options. It is one of the things I like about perforated toe rail along the hull
join. The half of a mast that they had left represents something to work
with for jury rigging
something, if they could figure out an alternate means of supporting what was left of the mast. They did not appear to have considered any option other than motoring, dragging the mast end in the water.
Like Pete said, though, they did get their boat
safely to port. It's sort of like landings: any one you walk away from is a good one.
Another difference is that Jim was able to jury rig an antenna
, so we were able to come up on our ham net, and get someone to arrange with Customs
that we would go in to a marina after we got in. There was no emergency
, because we had plenty of fuel
, and we did have to motor all the way. And we had radio
comms if we needed them.
In our case, we let the whole rig go to the bottom of the sea. Part of the reason for that was that in the swell, the mast was sawing vertically along the topsides, and we didn't want it abrading a hole in the hull
that would allow water in. And then we waited 10 min., with our arms around each other. And then, did a walk around, to make sure there were no lines, nor anything else we'd missed, before we dared to start the engine. It became very important to my self esteem that we could get ourselves safely into port. Meanwhile, a bunch of the ham radio
guys wanted to come "rescue" us. ....We came to a compromise: we asked them to come meet us at dusk (only nav light left was the stern light) to escort us in. And so they did, and one couple whisked us away to their place for dinner, which was really kind--tasty, too.
We do not have an MFD. Once it is displaying white noise
, man, I'd want that puppy off! or covered. I did wonder what their backup was, but it did not seem to be a problem for them.
For me, it was a pretty upsetting experience, and my first dismasting. Jim's Catalina
22 had been dismasted, and he knew more what to expect, and had also had years to think about it in, which stood him in good stead for dealing with it all.