Tom, I just did the mast on my Cal 29
. I will try to go back and get a general idea of the money
involved up to this point, but I think that there are too many variables to really give a good idea of what it may cost.
My mast was already unstepped when I bought the boat so there is one point that I can't help with. Another variable will be what method that you use to strip the old paint. Then what coating do you use when you are finished. The list goes on and on.
Like Paul (Pblais) says, sandblasting can be very hard on any aluminum.
After I was pretty much finished with my mast, I found that I need to replace my boom as it is bent.
One thing that I found in doing my mast was the corrosion
around the sheaves in the mast head
. I had to pry the sheaves out of the mast head (after pulling the pins) due to the build up of corrosion
there. I think that this area may get neglected commonly.
I don't pretend to know what I am doing or be an expert (I am certainly not) but I think you came to the right place to get the information you are looking for. I have certainly been helped more than I can say here in these forums