25 thoughts on “Yachting Monthly’s Crash Test Boat Dismasting

  1. Hilton Libanori

    Great video. Had the same problem one year ago, 38ft yacht. I was alone and
    it took almost 24 hours to clean the mess and free the propeller from guys
    and wires, Needed to spend the night anchored in moderately deep water and
    4ft waves before I had assistance to remove the broken rig from the water
    and return to the marina. My mast broke in three parts, exactly the same. A
    missing clevis in the shroud turnbuckle caused the whole problem. 

  2. david holdham

    Been in similar situation. Glider 30ft yacht. for real.Start of race Off
    Penarth. Bristol. Channel. Quite hairy.

  3. Hilton Libanori

    Crew should be wearing helmets. Recently, during Cape2Rio regatta, one
    sailor died after the same problem in a Bavaria 55.

  4. Radek Dudka

    Spece od bezpieczeństwa na jachtach testowo łamią maszt żeglując pod
    Najcekawiej robi się po fakcie, gdy załoga próbuje podjąć połamany maszt z
    żaglami na pokład – to dobry materiał instruktażowy, w razie gdyby… *ODPUKAĆ
    Od siebie dodam tylko, że wanty tnie się w ostateczności, dużo prostsze,
    szybsze i tańsze jest wyciągnięcie zawleczek lub rozkręcenie ściągaczy :)

  5. johnnsweeney

    If you intent is to provide a mast recovery exercise to novices, great. But
    if you are honestly looking to understand how or why a rig fails, perhaps
    you might apply a bit of science and engineering? Contrary to your
    introduction, it was entirely predictable that the rig would buckle at the
    lower shroud attachment point when it was in place and the upper shroud
    parted. It was also predictable that, given no backstay tension and
    under-trimmed jib, that the mast would fall to leeward. Get serious

  6. jimmiethegerman

    That wire was already half way hacked through if you look closely. It takes
    a while and it is frustrating to hack saw though 1×19. The best tool is
    probably the bullet blast thingy. Quick and effortless. The Hydraulic
    cutters are great but cost about $2k depending on what size wire you need
    to cut.

  7. Simon Wilson

    Great video – very informative thanks. I broke a mast recently in a laser.
    Different scale I know but the same issues – big surprise followed by “what
    do I do now.” Managed to sail downwind with scrap of sail and mast left

  8. dirtTdude

    a blow boat with no mast is no powerboat… not by a long shot, blow boats
    are slow and clumsy… power boats can go very fast and they are highly
    maneuverable… also, powerboat owners hardly ever disrespect the wind but
    blow boaters almost always disrespect the whole powerboat scene

  9. jimmiethegerman

    You should really cut them some slack here. This was a neat video which
    demonstrates what happens when a mast breaks. Of course they could have
    asserted that the mast would fall to leeward. Not a guarantee, but most
    likely the mast will ALWAYS fall to leeward with the sails up. They did a
    neat experiment and had to consolidate it down to a 15 min. video so that
    it is watchable. It had my attention the whole way through. TOO critical.
    You go make a video like this and then let me at the comments

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