If anyone ever tells you that sailboat racing is not a contact sport then they don’t race. Being on a cruising sailboat during a starting sequence with any wind near 20 knots can be a harrowing experience. Especially if you happen to allide with your competition after a poorly planned tack. As they say in the marine insurance business: ship happens.
This will be my attempt to document the process of fixing the damage you see below. In this picture I had barely started to grind away at the crack when I realized I needed a “Before” photo.
Looks a bit like a shark bite, or sharks mouth, eh? Another angle.
From the inside:
Ok, so one more from the inside.
The above picture shows the small pinkish spot where some laminate did chip off after the collision with mild persuasion. I am not certain about the mass or blob above that spot though which makes me think that the entire stem may need redoing.
Given this intuition I’m thinking that Bill’s idea from ##sailing of making a mold of the exterior shape at this point is not a bad idea after all.
This picture is about what I accomplished the hours I spent with adequate lung protection but inadequate eye protection. I see a Tyvek suit in my future along with real goggles and new dust mask ($40 at home despot).