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Wooden Spars

I am curious as to the feasibility of wooden spars on a 35' sloop. I need all new rigging and was looking at all my options. A wooden mast would really be neat.
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I have one of wood and one of alum. The main is the original wood mast the mizzen I built out of a salvaged sloop mast. I must say that the alum is much lighter.
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Aluminum is lighter as well as needing less maintenance. Wooden masts should be varnished as you can't tell the wood's condition under paint. A neighbor has a Cheoy Lee 35 with the original wooden spars and they look great but I'll stick to low maintenance aluminum.
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I have wood spars, wouldn't change them for the world
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I also have wooden spars (on a wooden boat) that are painted, and have been for 42 years. I would never change mine. But I don't think I'd change from aluminum to wood. If you order them you will be shocked by the cost. Will you build them yourself?
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