Originally Posted by Viking
Thank you for your replies!
The boats hull is fiberglass, only wooden masts. I like classic looking boats and so the Force 50 for me is absolutely beautiful. Wasnīt sure about wooden masts that are over 30 y o though. They have been restored and painted recently, looks nice..... Iīll get a good surveyor, hopefully
Hopefully, the seller has some pics of what the spars looked like as bare wood during/before the recent repainting and had a reputable spar maker/repair person go over the masts as part of the refurbishing/repainting. Our boat has its original (built in 1931) masts. Both have been lengthened by a few feet with a bird's mouth scarf (the main was converted from gaff rig to Bermuda in 1937-39 timeframe. Both have had a few repairs otherwise. Ours were recently stripped when we purchased the boat so luckily we (and the surveyor) could see the condition of the wood. The original wooden boom was damaged sometime between 1967 and 1980 (don't know the exact date, just between two pics taken on those dates) and whatever happened to the boom also took out the boom gallows as it was replaced as well.
One reason wooden spars are frequently varnished instead of painted is so that inspection of the wood is very easy and repair can be done immediately if rot begins. Common problems include rot around the spreaders/internal blocking for spreaders, rot where fasteners pierce the wood, glue joint failure at one end or the other of the mast/spar. Also, mastheads on wooden spars need to protect the spar from water ingress which can rot things from the inside out.
Wooden spars are great overall. Sitka Spruce best strength to weight ratio except for carbon fiber. It will last a long long time if properly maintained. The spars, including the mast are easily repaired if you have access to sitka spruce or douglas fir or similar wood. It's not rocket science. You just need a place long enough to work in while the spars are off the boat.
Good luck on your purchase.