Originally Posted by darfaye
Hi all , im new to timber masts . I need some advice as to whether I can cut out the rot epoxy
the damage and sleave it with stainless to protect .
I was advised I could but any other advice will be greatly appreciated , got a lot of work to do to the girl , , but id like to settle the mast
problems asap , regards all
Welcome aboard Darfaye,
To answer your question, it really depends on what you mean by small and be warned that what looks small often turns out to be bigger.
Is the mast still stepped? if so, this makes the job more difficult to assess properly.
The correct answer is lay the mast down, cut out the rotted area and then cut back some more to ensure you are in sound timber. Now scarf in some new timber, fair and paint
. Re-step the mast and you are good to go. Epoxy is a suitable glue, especially for someone not fully skilled in timber repair but there are others that will do the job as well or even better.
If the area is truly small, say less than a cubic inch, the best repair is to remove the rot and fashion a small timber block and screw/glue in place. A lot of folk will just be happy to fill such a small area with epoxy but filing with wood is more kosher. I have forgotten the technical name for filling with wood but its something like crarve or grarve or similar.