glad your leg is better and the sprit looks good.
i will be making me some horizontal spars of perota, a mexican wood also known as ipe or guanacaxtle or huanacaxtle wood.
my mizzenboom rotted midpoint, so i made new-- cost me 1200 pesos at 16 to one usd, and the wood has anti rot
, anti insect characteristics , similar to thai cedar and teak
. my rotted boom was thai cedar.
so far, my only vertical spar fail was and is from patricia, which i hope will be a retired name for storms. bitch hurt.
i have these wood spars, which when i obtained my boat were original and no rot, because i enjoy wood and wood spars replace soo very much easier than do aluminum
1200 pesos as opposed to a thousand usdollars or more?? thankyou--- aluminum would be much more than the 1000 usd that is needed in usa to consider the replacement and or repair the boom.
and adding aluminum, to me, befouls the character of the boat. i enjoy my boat. 40 yr old spars usually need attention, whether aluminum or wood. so my boat has excellent bones and good character, which she will keep , if not improve.
wood is less pricey to obtain and repair than is aluminum. price
to replace my mizzen mast
with wood--- under 1000 usd. to replace it with aluminum--- more than 5000 usd.
folks who shout replace it with aluminum do not realize the boat needs modification to accept an aluminum spar. they weigh differently and act differently than the original design allowed and possess a different shape than does hollow box wood.
wood is not scary material and does n ot rot without reason. donot give it that reason.
to see what wood is truly best at insect repelling and rot prevention, and i move from there.
if you used fir--keep an eye for rot and insects. do not paint
the spars, as you will not be able to see the rot when it is still treatable.
mine were/are painted--the new one is so pretty it will be clear coated, as will my new ones pending.
i had the new spar painted with epoxy
before assembly and after--inside and out. prevent fresh water
ingress, as that is rot creator.