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Broken mast extension

February 19 2008 at 8:58 AM
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Found myself on a western Minnesota lake doing some destructive testing. Rough ice newly defined. Got caught in a 35MPH gust as I was doing a downwind tack through deep wet drifts. Snapped off the Chinook 19" mast extension just below the mast. Rebuilding it with someting less flimsy than thin walled aluminum should be fairly straight forward. Unfortunately, the broken extension led quickly to a broken mast just above the hound, also snapping off the "top mast stiffener" inside. My fault entirely for not disassembling pronto. A nice guy from a shore cabin came out in his 4-wheeler and towed me the mile back to the car. There's something to be said for sailing in populated areas.

 
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