I am the proud owner of a CheoyLee Offshore
masts and booms. Since buying
it a couple of years ago, it has been my aim to remove the spars and disassemble at my workshop, which I was able to do last week.
I have stripped all the hardware
, and I have completed the booms with two coats of clear Awlwood primer and ten coats of Awlwood gloss, which look great. They were in surprisingly good condition, so they didn't require a lot of wood repair
As part of the process, I am drilling out every screw and fastener hole much larger and filling with a coloured thickened epoxy
mix, then drilling the appropriate pilot hole for the fastener. This gets rid of the loose screws and water
The main and mizzen masts have much more damage. The varnish
had completed deteriorated and was crazed or gone altogether. There are small vertical cracks in the face of the main mast
from the sun. There was no serious problems, just some enlarged holes where water
had got in along a fastener, which I fixed with epoxy
It was my original plan to treat the masts with penetrating epoxy, so I have Total Boat
Penetrating Epoxy. I figured it would help the small cracks a lot of treat with epoxy before the Awlwood buildup. But now I am not sure, I have been told that the Awlwood primer, which will be the yellow primer for the masts, does pretty much the same thing, and using epoxy is not necessary.
I'd like to get input from the wood experts on which way to go. I'm hoping that twelve coats of Awlwood will be enough to ensure I don't have to do this again for a long time.
lives in the Caribbean
, so the treatment has to survive the sun.
Thanks for any advice