Painting the masthead

White-painted masthead on an otherwise varnished stick.  Any idea why?  Do you do it on your boats?  About how much white is appropriate?  I might have some white paint left over after n+1 coats on the hull (as n goes to infinity...), and am wondering if this is a place to put it.

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RE: Painting the masthead

Painting the masthead with white lead was common practice on work boats to keep rain from soaking into the end grain on a more or less permanently stepped mast. There's not much practical reason to do it on a daysailer that is unstepped after use, especially if the mast is varnished. But if you like the looks of it, go for it.

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