The rain kept off; therefore I was able to paint the spars again. By making an early start, there was time for the paint to dry before returning them to the garage. Another coat of paint should be enough to effectively seal the wood from the elements.
A disadvantage of orange paint is that it absorbs heat from the sun, perhaps not as much as darker colours, but in my opinion the advantage of its high visibility outweighs the disadvantage. For safety reasons, I’m glad I have chosen to paint the spars in preference to varnishing them. Orange is a cheerful colour that will contrast with the neutrality of ‘Minnow’s’ grey hull and superstructure.