Crash Test Boat Dismast
We have been working with the team from Yachting Monthly magazine on a new series called "Crash Test Boat". Over the next few months we'll be inflicting plenty of damage to an average 40ft cruising yacht to see what happens and what we can do as sailors to help mitigate any disasters.
In the second of these scenarios we dismasted our Crash Test Boat in the Solent during 30 knot winds! We had some expert advice from Paul Lees from Crusader Sails, and Jerry The Rigger.
We replaced the clevis pins on the port side shrouds with plastic fuses that would break under tension when we tacked. On our first attempt the mast stayed up and so we used lighter fuses.
We hoped the mast may break below the first spreaders but the whole rig went over. The video shows how tricky it is to work on a boat in this situation and we also show a few methods of how to cut rigging.
Footage like this has never been seen before and we'd love to hear your feedback and thoughts.
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