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Extra spreader question


I have a 39 ft ferro ketch double ender. Because the boat is both a double ender and only has an 11 ft beam, the mizzen lower shrouds tend to lean in and cramp the ability to put on a dodger. If I put on even a short dodger over the companion way (on the starboard side) the shrouds don't give enough space for anyone to get by on that side if you have a lifejacket on.

The current mizzen mast is only 28 ft high and has one spreader.

I am wondering if there is any reason why I shouldn't/couldn't add a second spreader part way between the existing spreader and deck to straighten up the lower shrouds and give more room for deck-movement options when I add a dodger.

If OK, then would it be critical where the spreader went? i.e. is the a lot of calculation required to figure out where it should go?

I've dug around on the internet a bit but haven't found any answers to this.
I need to replace shrouds anyway so now it the time to modify.

Thanks for your input anyone....


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Re: Extra spreader question

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Re: Extra spreader question

Might the existing spreaders not be the correct length? I would talk to a good rigger for this. You don't want to mess it up.
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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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