The gooseneck connection linking the boom to the mast finally busted
during an abrupt jibe on a 25 kph sailing day while heading back into
the Mission Bay jetty. No one was hurt.
The cotter pin holding the boom to the mast snapped...
The hard part of this fix
was removing the galvanized steel plate from the front of the boom. This
plate had clearly never been removed in 38 years (the steel bolts had
weather welded to the steel plate). Once removed (by drilling out the
bolts), I could see that the cotter pin holding the gooseneck connector
in the boom had snapped.
So, a relatively easy fix.
It could have been much worse.