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On most boats, the spreader tips are fastened to the shrouds with clamps or wire. You really need to go aloft and make sure the spreader is as close to bisecting the shroud angle to prevent the shrouds from pressuring them into snapping... Most spreaders, due to the materials they're made of and how they're mounted, are very strong in compression, but weak against torsion. If the angle isn't bisected, the shroud will be twisting the spreader, rather than pushing in on it.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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