Dennis5.8 Posted February 17, 2003 Report Share Posted February 17, 2003 Hi, I just bought a cat and have used it twice so far. Unfortunately the second time we used it a side stay broke and we quickly ended up in a sticky situation where we were drifting towards some rocky cliffs with the rigging hanging in the water. There was solid 15knots breeze with 3 medium/large blokes on board. Needless to say we had no idea what we were doing, but we some how managed to get the sails and mast onboard the boat again with the only damage being a small hole in the front beam near the mast ball (I think the mast caused it when it lifted of the ball). Another cat off in the distance must have seen our mast go over and came to our rescue just in time to tow us when we were about 20m away from the rocks. How can you tell when a stay is going to break? We heard crunching noises in the half hour before it broke, could those noises have been the individual strands breaking under the PVC? I have since ordered 3 new stays. Would the hole in the beam be considered dangerous? Its only a dent with a small hole in the centre, I was planning on keeping an eye on it to see if it starts developing into a crack. Any tips on preventing this from happening again would be great!! I haven’t even changed the name of the boat yet (maybe it was an unlucky precursor lol) _____________________________________________ owner of a Nacra 5.8 no 947. (my first cat) [This message has been edited by Dennis5.8 (edited 17 February 2003).] Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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