Fire damage to my bowsprit!
Thanks to both for the advice. I have talked to our surveyor and he suggest Douglass Fir laminated at least once. Fir seems much better suited to my limited budget. Thanks for setting me straight.
Another question..... the flames from the burning house boat were really tall, in turn the heat reached to the top of my 56 foot mast. My mast is box section, epoxied sitka spruce in 1-1/2" slabs. I can see hairline cracks all the way up the main mast where the epoxy must have gotten hot and relaxed the joint. Our surveyor tells me this mast is trash now (he has not seen the mast yet)and guestimates a new one at $20,000. Can you guys think of a reason why a fairly handy woodworker could not dismantle this mast and put it back together, saving some 15,000 bucks in the process?