This happend a sunny afternoon in a well respected marina. I was, among others, helping the owner of a nice 34 ft sailing yaht to take down tha mast before dry docking the boat.
Job was done on a dedicated place with the help of a mast crane. Things proceeded normaly until the skipper instructed where to put the lifting belt on the mast. The mast had two spreaders and the "order" was to attach the belt around the lower one.
It did not look right and requested the skipper, are You sure?Yeah, I know my stuf was the ansver, not knowing this particular boat that well did not start to argue.
Well, after loosening the deck bolt not hard to imagine what happend next. The mast was totally out of balance, skipper was hangin on the lower end, direction sky wards. Top of mast was going down with a rapidly increasing speed towards seabed...
At the stakge when the brawe skipper was on a height about 4-5 meterts higher then the deck, still mowing upwards, he realised that game is over, let go and was rescued by grabbing the frame of the mast crane.
There we were, mast upside down (top in the water), skipper hanging like a monkey in the mast crane, and a very strange silence in the fancy, crowded marina....
No one was hurt and material damages only minor, skipper suffered only mental damages
fun on a boat is inversely proportional to size...sort of anyway