The mast is starting to show signs of wear especially at the bottom. After removing the varnish, a small area was covered with some glass fibre tissue and resin. This should protect the end and stop it from spitting. the rest of the mast has been rubbed well down before being finished with Deks Olje D1 and D2.
This is the 3rd winter I have covered the boat and I'm sure it helps keep the worst of the weather out, especially the leaves from nearby trees. The tarp is 7m by 4m and came from Bradshaws, for £33. It is made from 200 gsm plastic that has woven reinforcement. The eyelets seem particularly strong and well fitted.