Having joined a couple of days ago, this is my first post and I can add another angle to the story of a falling mast.
First of all, my name is Ronald Hiemann, proud owner of a 2004 Horizon Cat, which I bought in St. Pete this past Wednesday.
My wife and I went for our first sail on Tampa Bay on Saturday afternoon. Everything was great and we sailed for about 90 minutes, when, all of a sudden, the mast started tipping and fell into the water. The round safety pin had fallen out! Under sail!
I happen to notice it a second before the mast started to drop. There was nothing anybody could have done. Until that point, we were probably doing 5+ knots.
We were fortunate because being under sail, the wind pushed the falling mast away from us. It could just as well have fallen onto our heads.
We did actually question this pin during commissioning of the boat and were told not to worry. All the Com-Pac boats come equipped this way.
I have already contacted the mother yard and hope to talk to Jerry on Monday about this incident and about getting the parts I need to do the repairs.
I hope this 2ND report will give them something to think about. This pin should not have come out under any circumstances.
a/k/a Bremer Speck