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Spreaders for Pearson 10M

I bought a 1977 Pearson 10M this past summer and one of the the riggers who looked at it was concerned that the spreaders were too loose. They are attached to a housing secured to the mast by one bolt each and they have significant play fore and aft.

The halyards also rub along the forward side of the spreaders which has chafed the halyards to the point of needing replacement. The front of the spreaders shows where the halyards have rubbed along them, wearing grooves in some places - which indicates this 10M has been this way for a long time.

Any thoughts or suggestions? Is this something I need to remedy, or a characteristic of the boat - and I should simply plan on keeping up with the cafe?

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Re: Spreaders for Pearson 10M

Are your halyards 'chafing' during storage or during use? I'd expect a P10M to have internal halyards, which would mean they chafe when stored at the mast base.. if so you can minimize the issue by storing the halyards on the toerails away from the mast and rig when not sailing.

One would think the spreader root attachments were 'standard' for the boat.. some bendy rigs need that spreader mobility to absorb the mast bend, on a P10M that's also something you might expect. But I'd also expect a rigger to recognize that if it's 'normal'.. maybe get a second rigger's take on it all?

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Re: Spreaders for Pearson 10M

Hey Faster -

My halyards are external and yes, you're right about the chafing happening while at rest. And I do pull them away from the mast because the sound is, well, enough for me.

I guess my real concern, which your reply helped clarify for me, is the flexibility in the spreaders. One rigger was horrified, the other nonplussed but wanted a beefier bolt as the attachment point. I do have a third coming out this week.

Thank you for your reply and taking the time to share your thoughts - they helped me think about it somewhat differently.

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I have a 10M

Mine is a 1979. It has two bolts for each spreader. Mine wiggle very little. The halyards do rub, but pull them away and your fine.

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Re: Spreaders for Pearson 10M

Two bolts for each - OK... Yes - mine seem to pivot on that single bolt.

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