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| Re: Where do "A" cat carbon masts typically fail?
07/05/10 11:09 AM 07/05/10 11:09 AM
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Gainesville, FL 32607 USA dacarls
Joined: Apr 2002
Gainesville, FL 32607 USA
On the other hand, like for an experimental boat...
I have repaired 7 A-cat carbon masts (3 were mine): none has broken again where I repaired them. One 2-times-broken one split at the top when hammered in a pitchpole at high speed.
Of the others, 2 were crushed 1 meter from the bottom by being sat upon in slow capsizes. The rest were broken up high in blow-overs in windstorma (tie your boat down when not in use!), or violent pitchpoles in windstorms or thunderstorms.
Now, Lars Guck said to me, "I would never use a repaired mast" because of changed bend character.....but 99.5% of sailors would never know the difference.
A-class USA 196, USA 21, H18, H16
"Nothing that's any good works by itself. You got to make the damn thing work"- Thomas Edison
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