I have read recent news articles on the unfortunate loss of Waimanu, a Townson 32.
It seems that she was punching into a decent sea and a shroud let go, then the collapsed mast punched a hole in the hull etc.
Can anyone confirm the point of failure of the shroud ie, was it that.....
- The chain plate tore free of the hull.
- The hull structure failed around the plate
- The chain plate fastenings failed.
- The wire parted at the swage or failed in itself.
Just curious as it may have implications for other boats of a similar vintage and construction.