While sailing on the Potomac yesterday in winds at a steady 16 mph with gusts a bit above that, the mast on my Skerry snapped cleanly along the scarf joint (see pictue). This was actually my second mast, the first having snapped on the same river last year, but that time it broke right above the mast step in similar conditions and was not repairable.
I hate to invest in another mast and want to try and repair this one. The boat was definitely sailing within its limits. The mast was bowed under the load, but I was never at risk of capsize. I was on a broad reach when it happened.
I am wondering if I just did a bad job glueing it up originally. I used the epoxy repair kit I got at CLC correctly with measured epoxy and Cab o Sil thickener. Should I just sand down the mating surfaces and try again, this time with epoxy thickened with wood flour? Would that make a stronger joint?
Thanks for any suggestions.