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Looking for Spreaders
Like I said, I would start with Hunter. They can probably supply them as cheaply as any other source. They have a website http://www.huntermarine.com/ ( click on ''About Hunter''and then ''Contact Us'') with customer support on it.
The typical Hunter rig with swept back spreaders and no backstay places a comparably large amount of stress on the spreaders and so they need to be made sturdily and accurately. Hunter appears to use a standard wingshaped aluminum extruded section that is made for use as spreaders. If you know the size and profile (which can be determined my tracing the spreader base fitting on the mast) then you can purchase this extrusion from Dwyer or Kenyon spars, both of which have websites that show the spar sections that they have available.
Otherwise, if you don''t go to Hunter you can go to a spar maker and have new ones made in aluminum. (Spar makers are companies that make masts, booms and of course spreaders.)
I don''t necessarily recommend that you make the new spreaders out of wood but if you did I would suggest that the wood of choice for spreaders would be clear Sitka Spruce or as a distant second, clear fir. Teak offers pretty poor strength per weight and the teak that we see available tends to have rips in the grain that make it unsuitable for compressive loads like experienced in a spreader. Wooden spreaders will need carefullt fabricated end caps to keep the wood from rotting or splitting.