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Spreader halyards for burgees or radar reflector?

I am thinking of installing some halyards running up to my spreaders. Might be useful for flying club burgees, or possibly a radar reflector (if a 20' high radar reflector does any good). I figured I might pop rivet a loop to the bottom of each spreader, to which I could shackle a small block for the halyard.

Have any of you done this? Got any suggestions? Where should I run the halyard - mast step plate, or stanchion base?
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Re: Spreader halyards for burgees or radar reflector?

Do your spreader a favor , use a nylon washer under the loop if SS . And instead of SS rivets use brass or bronze screws to hold it on . And don't spare the TefGel .
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Re: Spreader halyards for burgees or radar reflector?

The owner of one of the boats I raced on did the same thing - rivet through the spreader and put a small block on it. We only had it on the lowest spreader on one side and then tied it off to the shroud chainplate. We only ran the line when we needed it so it wasn't in the way all the time -- quick shimmy part way up the mast to reach it!
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Re: Spreader halyards for burgees or radar reflector?

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Do your spreader a favor , use a nylon washer under the loop if SS . And instead of SS rivets use brass or bronze screws to hold it on .
My spreaders are thin aluminum, in an airfoil-like cross-section (exactly halfway up my 28' mast). Self-tapping screws do not tend to grab very will in the thin stock, and it's not thick enough to tap threads. My pop rivets are aluminum, so maybe the best route is to look for aluminum loops to minimize electrolysis.
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Re: Spreader halyards for burgees or radar reflector?

I would install the block directly to the loop, as you call it.
Simply, starboard side is for courtesy flags, port for owners, clubs, etc, if you don't have a masthead pennant..
I'd get a stay mounted cleat for the line.
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I would install the block directly to the loop, as you call it.
Eye strap or pad eye, like often used to attach straps for bimini tops.
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Re: Spreader halyards for burgees or radar reflector?

A proper lashing of a small SS shackle on the underside of the spreader. Shackle holds a small block. Endless lanyard to a cleat lashed to aft shroud.Q and then the courtesy flag on strbd and club burgee on the port.
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Re: Spreader halyards for burgees or radar reflector?

If you plan to hoist a typical 'round' three plate metal reflector, you need two blocks under the spreader so that the reflector doesn't chafe through the halyard return. The blocks need to be far enough apart that there's room between the hoist and return for the reflector.

In your case it would seem that lashing as described by Len above may be the way to go.
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Re: Spreader halyards for burgees or radar reflector?

I agree, do not drill into the spreader. All that is needed is a block lashed to the spreader. I have done this for years. I use some small hi-tech line for the lashing, kevcord, then a few rounds of PVC (electrical) tape to keep it from slipping down the tapered spreader and keep it tidy looking.
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Re: Spreader halyards for burgees or radar reflector?

Consider building your radar Reflector around the back stay. I will try to post a pic
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