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May 1, 2018
Catalina 25 5432 Hebgen Lake
So, I did the unthinkable: loaned my Catalina 25 out to "a seasoned sailor." Boat went out, and came back broken, never even got in the water. Says "seasoned sailor:" we were raising the mast, and we almost got it up, a bit of wind came up and blew it out of my grip and it went overboard, really sorry, man."
So, how in the world do I fix this? No damage to the tabernacle/deck, but per the picture, the mast bolt tore through the holes in the mast. Any ideas? New Mast? Cut the damage off and re-drill holes? As Edgar Allen Poe wrote, "quote the Raven: "Nevermore!"
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Dec 28, 2015
Laser, Hunter H30 Cherubini Tacoma
Figure out the cost and inform the seasoned sailor of the total for 1/2 unless there was specific discussion on “your break it you pay for it”. I for the life of me could not imagine loaning my boat out or using those boat AirBnB programs to make some side hustle. Good luck.
Sep 25, 2008
Alden 50 Sarasota, Florida
Ask the guy to have it fixed or replaced.

Unhelpful suggestion - never loan a boat to anyone.
Jan 1, 2006
Slickcraft 26 Greenport, NY
If you cut it, you have to raise the mast step by the same amount or the standing rigging won't fit. You might be able to get away with a lower boom (I wouldn't want that). You could shorten the standing rigging with no swage hardware. But getting the lengths right would be tricky.
An alternative might be to have a welder fashion a sleeve around the base of the mast and weld it to the mast and then to redial the holes.
And there's a new mast.
That's about all I've got.
May 1, 2018
Catalina 25 5432 Hebgen Lake
Thanks everyone for the help! In all my years sailing, I've done a lot of dumb things, but nothing like outright stupidity of loaning my boat! First time is also the last time! It gets better, his wife got a whack on the wrist from the boat trailer winch they were using to step it, had it in freewheel instead of ratchet, so when the mast went over the handle spun around nailing her on the wrist. And no, no help from "seasoned sailor," he figures that since the boat never got into the water, he doesn't owe anything..... I really hate lessons learned the hard way!

Question on the Catalina 22 video, seems like an easy fix, I could bend some aluminum all the way around the inside, he used rivets, would it be better to use stainless bolts? I'm thinking of stress on those rivets, or do the stays take the brunt of it?
Jan 1, 2006
Slickcraft 26 Greenport, NY
Aluminum rivets could be too soft and may distort with the compression of the rig on them. You will be able to inspect them regularly. Use high quality - I can’t cite specs but there’s a variety of alloys available.
SS bolts may have the same problem in reverse. They may elongate the aluminum hole with their relative hardness.
I still like the welding idea. Maybe epoxy and rivets? Belt & suspenders.
Jan 1, 2006
Slickcraft 26 Greenport, NY
Another suggestion would be to make a jig to bend the aluminum stock on. It’s extra work but I think the results would be better. Again I cite offcenterharbor.com for video instructions. You get to watch a couple without joining. Search the videos looking for a title “Working with metal.” They have several and I think one may have been bending metal. If not look for laminating wood shapes - which will be similar.
Aug 13, 2012
Catalina 270 Ottawa
he used rivets, would it be better to use stainless bolts
I have no clue how to repair the damage. But, you could use SS rivets. For that you need a good quality rivet gun, but they are much stronger. Though, the corrosion issues come up (the same as with the bolts).
Sep 14, 2014
Catalina 22 Pensacola, Florida
Could have been worse, buddy lent boat to couple, she twisted ankle getting on boat , he had to process a claim for liability under his insurance for medical etc. Doubled his premiums but he now has 1/2 as many friends!!
Nov 6, 2006
Hunter 34 Mandeville Louisiana
Used to be a guy who lived aboard in the marina who made a lot of extra money by slipping on boats ..
May 1, 2018
Catalina 25 5432 Hebgen Lake
Turns out the boat he's only sailed was a Sunfish........nothing wrong "captaining" a Sunfish, had one years ago, I'm just wondering if it wasn't Divine Intervention that kept him off the water !! Would have been a real bummer if he'd turn my sailboat into a submarine............
Feb 21, 2013
Hunter 46 Point Richmond, CA
Provide him with a bill for the repairs and if he does not have the integrity to pay for it then consider small claims.