|Posted: August 31 2006 at 10:57 | IP Logged
Spartite is an epoxy that when mixed is liquid. Once the mast is stepped, you form a "dam" with some materials in the spartite kit, and then pour in this liquid between the mast and the deck collar. If you don't use spartite, then you must put in wooden blocks or rope between the collar and the mast. Once this is done, which is usually not water tigtht unless you use spartite, you must then put a vinyl or rubber "boot". This boot is tight around the mast about 8" above the deck and then it is tight around the collar just above the deck and sheave collar. This is to keep the rain out. Mine is also hose clamped top (at the mast) and bottom (at the collar). If you use spartite, it becomes a permanant part of the mast and comes out with each mast pull and back in when it is stepped. Be sure to follow the spartite directions so it will come out easily when the mast is pulled.
Nan, at Hall Spars, recommends the use of spartite and has also been a great source of info when I was stepping the mast. firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck, Jim