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Date Posted: - Thursday - 01/ 8/09 - 1:26pm
Author: Lyle Harris
Subject: wood or alluminum masts
In reply to: James Scheh 's message, "masts go aluminum or not" on - Tuesday - 01/ 6/09 - 6:32pm

Hi James,
I've been considering the same thing for my M31, Starlight. It now seems that the spruce masts are in good shape, but needing a total stripping, epoxy coat and varnish. Same for the booms.
I've pulled them off the boat, removed all the rigging, and they are sitting under tarp on saw horses in my driveway, waiting for spring weather (too much rain out here right now). The masts are painted over varnish and look pretty bad at the moment. But they're sound. I'm going to keep them and go for a varnish over epoxy finish.
Aluminum would be great for the weight and less maintenance. I like the idea of having an aluminum molded sail track rather than the sections of steel track that are screwed to the wood masts. What I don't like is the expense that a total upgrade would cost.
All that said, I'm an experienced wood worker/do-it-yourselfer, but doing all this for the first time...
cheers,
Lyle Harris.

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[> [> It's not that bad -- Craig M31-25 Hibou, - Thursday - 01/ 8/09 - 3:10pm

Lyle,
I refinished my masts last winter just a few miles north of you. It's a time consuming job but well worth the effort. I couldn't imagine Hibou with aluminum or painted masts.
I'm starting over on refurbishing a boat and my first project, next week, is to strip and refinish the masts.


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[> [> [> Mast work -- Lyle Harris, - Thursday - 01/ 8/09 - 6:44pm

Well the work you did on Hibou convinced me to buy a Mariner31. I would be very happy for recommendations on finishes that worked for you. I've been recommended to use MAS epoxy, which I think is very good. I also like West System III. I don't have a favorite in the varnish department, and some information on this would be handy. I really don't want to be stripping these things every other year.
What's your new boat?
Lyle.


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[> [> [> [> Mast finish -- Craig M31-25 Hibou, - Friday - 01/ 9/09 - 9:23am

Lyle,
Thanks for your comments on Hibou.
On my third spring, in a row, of stripping and refinishing the cockpit I discovered Cetol. It's holding up well to our climate and where I have had to do some touch up that's what it was, a touch up not a redo. All the exposed wood on Marauder will be getting Cetol.
Marauder is a Hudson Force 50 with the "Venice" cockpit. The cockpit is aft of the pilot house but not on the stern. Let me know if this link to my photos works.

http://www1.snapfish.com/slideshow/AlbumID=227674678/PictureID=5981972054/a=85268984_85268984/t_=85268984

Craig


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