One of the big maintenance projects for many trawlers is teak. Teak is a beautiful wood that has been used in the marine industry for many years because it is very durable and resistant to harsh weather conditions.
On Island Time, all of the exterior teak was in need or refinishing or painting. One of our first projects to tackle was the mast and spreader. This would be the first time that we had lowered the mast and boy were we in for a surprise. The spreader (the horizontal wood that is perpendicular to the mast) was rotten. Apparently it wasn’t made of teak (which is very rot resistant), and broke into several pieces when we removed it. Capt. Steve was able to piece the spreader together enough to make a pattern for a new one. After installing the new spreader with screws and marine epoxy, and rewiring the spreader lights, we were ready for the next step — painting.
We decided to paint the mast and spreader rather than refinishing the wood. Since teak is an oily wood, we needed to seal it first before painting. We applied three coats of Kilz2 Latex Primer, followed by 3 coats of Interlux Brightside Marine, which is a marine polyurethane paint.
After drying for a couple of days, we were ready to raise the mast. While it was easy for the two of us to get it down, it was a lot easier with help from our dock friends to raise it. So we had a mast-raising party. One thing about marina life, any excuse for a party works!