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Re: Jeanneau Poker 28ft - Spreaders
I don't think there's going to be an issue with going up the mast on a 28 footer esp if the OP is of average weight- esp if just to the spreaders.
The angle between spreader and shroud should be equal above and below, ideally, and often there are clamps or the spreader tip is wired onto the shrouds to prevent slippage. If the angle get too far from that shroud tension can cause the spreader to move if the tip is not held fast somehow.
The last thing you want is a slack leeward shroud to detach from the spreader while you're sailing and you fail to notice. The next tack will result in mast failure since the cap shroud is no longer in place.
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