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Question Cal 2-27 Spreaders

Had occasion this weekend to drop the mast, I need to replace VHF antenna & feed cable, and to rewire the navigation lights. When the mast was coming down one of the spreaders took a hit from the crane and busted. I did also find some rot in the other wooden spreader, so I need to replace these. Anyone know of a supplier, pre made!! Or where I can get them made, or suggest the best material to make replacements from. I had thought about Oak, or should I stay with Spruce

Any suggestions out there??

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I'd contact the Cal owners group... they might be able to suggest a source for replacement spreaders.

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I had a 1972 Cal 27 that I made new spreaders for as well. The wood needs to be both strong and resistant to rot. The wood that I chose is white oak, do not use red oak for it is too porous to resist rot. Ash would be a good choice as well as a tropical hardwood that is strong enough such as Ipe, Teak would not be a good choice because it is prone to splitting under compression with the grain
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Actually redid them out of ash.. long time for reply but not been on here on ages
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Had occasion this weekend to drop the mast, I need to replace VHF antenna & feed cable, and to rewire the navigation lights. When the mast was coming down one of the spreaders took a hit from the crane and busted. I did also find some rot in the other wooden spreader, so I need to replace these. Anyone know of a supplier, pre made!! Or where I can get them made, or suggest the best material to make replacements from. I had thought about Oak, or should I stay with Spruce

Any suggestions out there??
I would suggest that you have replacements made from aluminum.
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reading this as well as I have a '67 Cal 28 and need to inspect mine very soon ... thanks to all
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