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Project Log:  Saturday, June 30, 2012

With summer in full swing and the longest days already past, work on the masts took on some semblance of urgency, and became my focus for the day.  At some as-yet undefined point in the not distant future, I wanted to be able to prep, prime, and paint the spars and complete this part of the project while the weather was good and the days long to allow ample cure time for primer and paint; an old experience from my first mast painting years ago on my previous boat had taught me many lessons, and while I could move the masts indoors now to obviate the weather and schedule, it seemed more effort to prepare the shop for spraying than to simply do the work outside in nice weather. 

The mainmast still had some hardware on it--winches, cleats, and a few other fittings.  Most of this hardware, apparently original from the manufacturer, was riveted on, so over a period of time I drilled and punched out rivets to remove things, working my way along the mast on both sides from base to masthead, eventually stripping everything but the main shroud tangs which, as on the mizzen, I chose to leave in place because I hated to mess with a good thing.  It was clear these were quality spars that had withstood the test of time well--except for the unfortunate gold (now faded) anodization.

I found mud inside the steaming light fitting when I removed it, which, along with the coatings of silt and larger mud deposits visible inside the spars indicated the spars had been in place when the boat sank years ago.





Next, I washed out the insides of the masts with a hose, angling the spars to the ground and shooting the hose spray through holes in the mastheads of each mast, rotating the masts to all angles to ensure I sprayed as many surfaces as possible. 


A large chunk of mud came from somewhere within the mizzen, along with piles of drilled rivets and shavings from the hardware removal on both masts.


This left the insides clean and ready for rebuilding later.  Next, I scrubbed the masts with detergent and a Scotch-Brite pad to clean the surfaces and begin the prep process, rinsed them thoroughly inside and out again, and left them to dry in the sun; once dry, I solvent-washed all surfaces on both masts.


Later, I reamed out all the old fastener holes that I didn't plan to reuse, which was most of them since I imagined I'd reconfigure everything to my own liking later, along with new hardware to replace some of the aged older gear.  Then, after cleaning again, I applied a first round of epoxy filler to the holes.



Total Time Today:  4.25 hours

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