A question on masts and only one of many I will want to ask in the future.
Would like some frank advice to help me determine which way I should go.
Note : I will most likely go with a new alloy mast
later but to keep my costs down now would like to know if this is a sensible approach.
Presently rebuilding a 40 ft steel motor
sailer..Approx end weight will be around 11-12 ton all up I expect.In the midst of craneing the boat out to transport to the yard I am working on the crane rigger, when I told him I was rebuilding offered me a free timber mast
Being very grateful I accepted.
It measures 38 ft long, approx 170mm x 120 mm at the base and as inspected has no rot
and in good clean order.Has a few fittings like a mast head
light and minor other bits.As it stands I think this mast can be brought up to good standard with a full strip and recoat(s).
I assume any mast is going to be a high end cost to me when I go out to market to get one so a free one now at hand would be a big saving
Should I use this mast for the time being or am I being "penny wise -pounds foolish" as they say.? Then again as someone advised me-this mast could live on for another 50 years.?
Curious also on costs.If I dont go with this mast and advice says go with a new alloy one,what could I expect to sell such a timber mast for in generally good condition if I recondition it.?
Appreciate any/all advice