For those of us with a wooden mast the annual ritual of touching up the varnish means either dropping the mast or working aloft from the bosun's chair, while trying not to spill varnish on the deck or on the crew below.
If you have read my winter posts you will know I take Greta's spars home for winter.
The crew of pilot cutter Annabel J have found another, interesting, alternative, if your boat is big enough why not erect scaffolding around the mast, painting, maintenance couldn't be easier.
Annabel J is based on a Bristol Pilot Cutter, built in steel in the mid 90's, she is 54'10" LOD and 66'3" LOA. Read about her interesting history.