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You might consider attaching the points on the spreaders with all-stainless hose clamps, as a way of avoiding drilling - esp if the spreaders are tubular rather than foil sectioned.
Also, if you're going to make them 'removable/detachable' then making the lower portions out of shock cord works well.. that's what we do; we clip each side to the cabin top rails while sailing (and hoisting) and simply deploy the jacks as a pre-douse ritual. This eases the hoist as you don't have a narrow gate to thread the headboard through, and takes the jacks off the sail and rig to minimize noise and chafe.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)