7: Winter 2016-17: The unexpected mast repair

On the day before Serina was due to be launched, Simon noticed a crack in the mainmast.img_4103

He was curious and flaked-off some more paint to investigate. This is what he found:


This looked like a crack in the carbon-fibre so he carried on investigating:


This appears to be a seam between two pieces of carbon-fibre, that hadn’t been filled properly when first made. Notice the top and bottom of the gap appear to be filled.

We think the crack in the paint may have happened during a windy sail last summer. I’m glad I didn’t notice the mast bending at the time!

Anyway, Simon patched-over the gap:


Rubbed it down:


And painted it:


And Serina was launched on time.



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