Originally Posted by caprhap
Epoxying the mast offers no benefit that I can ascertain, but if you need to remove it, you'll rue the day...
Sealing the wood from moisture is a pretty good reason in my opinion. Paint
does that as well, but paint can flake off as where a penetrating epoxy is going to be substantially more solid (and then there's paint on top of that).
And if you do manage to get rot
, it certainly will not spread nearly as far or as fast with epoxied wood.
I don't know a lot of people who voluntarily are getting wooden spars these days. I have one that's (now, after $7K in repairs) in great shape. It's epoxied and painted, and getting ready to go back on the boat.
I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for a nice aluminum
spar that's a few feet higher than my existing, so I can get a little more oomph out of her and drop some weight. When I find that, I'll drop the wooden stick, replacing my standing rigging
in total, and never look back.