This old mast and lashing kit has given 25 or so years of service. Over this time the mast has been rotting through and finally it has given way. Rather than replace the lot properly, someone has decided to try bodging it with some gaffa tape. Unsurprisingly this hasn't lasted long but I wonder how much they charged for this "repair"? Also once again the bracket is fixed to the top three courses when it would be just as easy to fit it lower down.