Well I've pulled the trigger on my first boat - a 1975 Westsail 32. Though I'm beside myself with excitement, I can't help but feel a little bit terrified. The learning
curve will be like drinking from a fire hose.
I'm having her trucked from California
, so the first orders of business upon her arrival will be mast-related. While the mast
is down, I want to replace the sheaves, nav lights, and wiring
. I'll of course check for any other hardware
that needs to be replaced. I will likely re-rig her before the mast
goes back up.
One of the things I'm getting mixed opinions on is the mast being painted. The original paint
is quite patchy at best. The shipyard where she'll be on the hard
for a while doesn't allow any kind of painting, so I'll either have to pay someone to do it (out of the question), or pay someone with a gooseneck trailer to haul the mast somewhere else where I can do the work myself. My buddy owns an auto paint
& body shop, so I have a good place to take it.
Aside from detracting from the overall aesthetic, does having a painted mast really matter? Will the aluminum
corrode over time? I honestly don't mind it not being painted. I'm not one to fuss over shiny things, as long as it functions.
Any thoughts or opinions appreciated.