It’s still “Wintah” here in Downeast Maine, but I was fortunate to catch a day with sun, no wind, and a few degrees above freezing. I took advantage of that by starting in on the big job of refurbishing the aluminum spars from my donor boat in preparation for installing them on my new 18’ pocket cruiser, sailboat build.

This part deals with stripping all the hardware and rigging off the spars. In subsequent parts (later on in the season when the weather is much warmer), I’ll apply “aircraft” paint stripper and remove the mast coatings down to bare metal. I can then perform a close inspection. Later on, I will be priming and painting the spars, then re-installing hardware.