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when do you just fucking give up?

From one of our OG posters in our Fabulous Forums…
Years back I wanted to get back into dinghy sailing, and bought a used boat at a fair price – discounted because it needed a new mast. Bought the new mast and it failed. Simply broke about 3 feet down from the tip, while sailing in from a day on the water. No capsizes, no mast strikes, just another old-guy roll-tack and CRACK!
Musta been shipping damage, you say to yourself and you repair it, because it was an expensive carbon mast. Next sail, same drill – an hour or two of good sailing and then on the trip uphill to the club…CRACK – out of a tack, there goes the top 5 feet.
Limp home, feeling pretty embarrassed. Order new top mast. Wait – can’t do that, need to order a whole new spar…so a grand+ later new mast is received. You gotta know at this point the mast – top section especially – gets tender-loving care and close attention when handling, storing and transporting.
And just the same, you know where it’s going. Yep – after a nice 3 hour sail with one of our talented junior sailors to chase around offshore (thanks Max) we head up the old channel and a handful of tacks later the top 5 feet has again snapped off – this time the luff track unzips and I’m lucky to get a tow back to the club.
Would YOU bother buying a third mast ? I just can’t bring myself to make that bet again. I’ve spent like 3 grand in masts and haven’t sailed the boat 15 hours – I just can’t afford this thing.
I can’t even look at it anymore without feeling like a complete Rube.
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