Well, let's see. I have two spruce sticks on Oh Joy. Get a rigging survey
is the issue with wood and on masts, it typically occurs at fasteners or where there are breaks in the finish. Spruce is very rot
resistant but left exposed with water
intrusion for long periods of time can cause issues. Look for checking (cracks) that goes all the way through. Look for delamination
at the seams of box masts, hard to see when they're painted. Look for knuckling at the mast
step. I like my wood sticks and keep them varnished. To be absolutely certain of the condition and longevity, you would need to wood (strip) the masts and recoat. If using varnish
, you would need to apply two fresh coats yearly. Seeing as I've not had painted sticks, I can't tell ya the schedule for that maintenance.