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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:29 am 
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Location: Castro Valley, CA
We had a freak wind come through the dock where I keep my '07 Getaway with mast up on trailer. The wind overturned the entire boat and trailer onto the concrete and I now have some damage on the comp tip.

The damage appears to be some cracks on the side at the widest point.

Applying some pressure does appear to allow the surface to flex slightly.

If this is repairable what are the materials I would need?

2007 Getaway

PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 4:45 pm 
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Location: Dallas, TX
There are some really good epoxy repair products on the market now. West Systems products are very good. Unfortunately, your's is the type of repair that is normally not recommended. Definately not recommended unless you are very experienced with epoxy repair. It is unlikely that you will be satisfied with a repair on a structurally damaged COMPTIP. Your mast section is designed to flex at a fairly uniform rate of deflection. Repairs often make a "stiff spot" that creates additional stress above and below the repair. Should it fail at the repaired spot there is a chance of sail damage as well as an awkward or dangerous sailing experience.

If you determine that your COMPTIP has structural damage and if you have the option of replacing the COMPTIP with a new one, that's the prefered route. I'm not saying that it absolutely can't be repaired, but there is some risk in that option. You might check with your insurance company to see if this type of damage is covered under your boat owner's or homeowner's policy.

Aris Tsamis
Mariner Sails, Inc.

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