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Re: Extra spreader question
Masts and rigging operate as a truss. The shrouds need a transverse angle to be effective, and if you added a spreader to make the shroud vertical that angle would be eliminated so there would be insuficient force to hold up your mast. Sorry.
What might be possible is to create a diamond shroud layout and a single upper shroud, but that would take careful engineering.
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