Re: Spartite and new mast boot
The best mast boot I've ever used is the self-bonding tape (like Rescue Tape). You can buy the 4" width which is a little easier, but I use the 2" that you can get deals on at the boat shows. After wrapping the mast in an upward spiral I fill the track at the boot with silicone caulk (one of the places I'll use silicone). As mentioned above, I have a sunbrella cover that goes over top of the whole thing and dresses it up a little (besides giving it some UV protection and a good place for spiders to hide).
1977 C&C 30 Mk 1 hailing from Port Clinton, Ohio