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Re: repairing wooden spreaders with mast steps installed

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did a rig inspection the other day. cables all look good and passed the cotton ball test. (got that book inspecting the aging sailboat)
Good to hear - make sure you inspect all the attachments and he mast tube also

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The rot is not as bad as I thought and actually one of the bolts was loose. still ordering aluminum spreaders from JSI. They said if I send them the measurements they can make them and I can replace one at a time.
Since the mast is deck stepped it's wise to rig a line as temporary shroud before loosening the shroud.

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My boat I and I like the mast steps (so does the wife) the cables are going to get redone so they don't touch the spreaders.
As the wires for "anti foul halyard kit" is not structural you could look at terminating the lower wire at the step below the spreader and just start above the spreader again.

Not likely that any halyard can get caught there.

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very lucky it's free for you to step the mast. NOT FOR ME

Marina wants over $8 a foot one way and I have the tall rig over 40'

not cheap at all.

I will lower it in a year or two (it's deck stepped mast)
Sorry -
I was only trying to say it is possible to take the mast off/on the boat yourself.
But you need a suitable crane and a place to store the mast while working on it.
But if your only option is this one marina..
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Dan, just be sure you aren't rationalizing, because you don't have the resources to unstep the mast. A failed rig can kill you and/or your family. It doesn't reconcile that your finger tips sunk in on one inspection, but is not as bad as you thought on the next.

Do you have the skills/tools to refabricate the wooden spreader yourself? It doesn't look all that complicated from the photo. Even if not perfect and pretty, it would be better than convincing yourself it will be okay as is. Should buy you time to get proper new spreaders. If you insist on keeping the steps, lose the anti-wrap wires at first, and reinstall them as you figure out how to keep them from passing through your new spreaders. Worst case, you wrap a halyard once or twice, before you get back to installing the wires. Who cares, you have steps to go unwrap it. For that matter, bungie the halyard head grommet to the boom and keep some light tension on the halyard and you could avoid most wrapping. Plenty of ways to deal with this, without just taking your chances. Good luck.
I guess I should have been more specific when I said it was not as bad. I thought it would break apart at any moment. When I went again I took a wooden pin to push the tip into and probe out the rot. It's only really bad on one edge about 1"x5"(where my fingers sunk into. I could not stick it in any other place. Still not sailing with it like that though. Boat it being lifted out on the 26 and I'm measuring the spreader today. Takes a few weeks to get the new ones so they will be ready for the spring. I was fearing a gust of wind woud take it down but feel a bit better that one of the bolts was also loose and that was making it move, and not the rot.
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?... It's only really bad on one edge about 1"x5"(where my fingers sunk into......
You're the skipper, but that does not sound okay to me. Maybe sister something in to strengthen it, if you're going to load it up. I would make a new one. All the best.
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Re: repairing wooden spreaders with mast steps installed

I just got my JSI spreaders this last month and will get ready to put them on this spring. They took some time to get made but should be well worth it. I will post photos once I update it.
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