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Post: "At Least The Mast Didn't Fold "

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Jay Bietz

Good I'm glad you are all checking - not worth the mast and possible injury. I'm sure the boaters in the area wondered why we were circling in the lee of Alcatraz island...

I think that checking the wood by removing the paint for inspection as well as probing the under sides and in the bolt holes would tell you the condition of the wood. I'll bet any orginal wood is not in good condition -- after all it's at least 30 years old.

The screw on toggles just need to be replaced with forged browse toggles -- not SS and of course a scotch pad to polish and check the swagged fittings.

It issue started as the end of the toggle bolt breaking then the wood just splintered as the BK are usually under compression and are not strong enough at any age to hold the rigging pressure.

The black area is some sort of rot/fungus.

Yes, I posted the larger version by accident thanks for correcting.

And the owner has conceded that we need new BK's... yes, I asked several years ago ....

cheers



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