Its how I do it too. Although I didn't know it was called that. Mine dont tend to be that neat as I am normally doing it in the back of a fast-moving rib after taking up all the marks after a days racing.
Where I sail we solo launch off a beach, often into breaking waves. This involves the boat being on the gravel and then running it into the sea and jumping on, a bit like a bobsleigh ...so we do pick up a few scratches. But it's kind of fun :^D. I can give more details if you like.
I launch off a shingle beach where it is impossible for the bailer to not get a lot of stick. I have lost the pins (And ball) and also completely smashed one bailer. One option for replacing the pins that I discovered is to use a zip tie like this:
Reviving this thread on the request of Norcalsail
I realised I never reported back on my new mast. They came back into stock at LPUK so I bought a new one.
As for what happened, I just think the mast failed because it was old and pitted. It was a windy day, I launched and within about 30...