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Wooden mast repair

I have a hollow blue spruce Mast and I've found some rot, about 1.5" by 5". I'm wondering if anyone knows whether it's ok to just replace the wood and epoxy and screw a piece in there.
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You could, but I'd suggest you use scarf joints to put the piece in.
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Denise is right. Done properly there should be no loss of strength.
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Yep, just be very careful in removing the rotted section. Small moves, small moves...
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I'd second scarfing in a replacement piece. On a mast, I'd recommend at least an 8:1 or 12:1 scarf joint. Charlie Cobra or one of the other wood boat masochists would be able to help you more definitively.
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So I just need to splice in the wood in the area being fixed, correct. Of course, being careful is always a consideration but what Is the means for your suggesting to go so slow. Thanks for all your replys
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Wish me luck! A guy is coming to buy all my canoe lumber that I've been sitting on for 5 yrs now. Sigh.
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