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Spreaders advice needed

I have taken my mast down for inspection and to deal with a leak under the base. Right away I notice that one of the aluminum spreaders was fairly loose in the stainless steel spreader base. At the mast end both spreaders were wrapped with some undetermined tape plus what looks like electrical tape. It appears the electrical tape was added later. There was very little corrosion but the spreaders are a bit out of round. How tight should the spreaders be in their base? Can they be re wrapped with tape? Perhaps sleeved?
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Re: Spreaders advice needed

Spreader roots are rarely tightly 'fixed' since you need to be able to adjust the spreader tip height to bisect the shroud angles. I think the only reason to tape things up is to avoid snagging a sail while tacking, though some method of fixing the ultimate spreader tip height is usually required.

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Re: Spreaders advice needed

Obviously Faster hit it but, make sure there isn't anything that's cracked or split. If the spreader is out-of-round, make sure it is gentle and not a dent that could cause it to collapse. (Like if it's been bent). I've seen the outboard ends with wire lashing around the shroud to keep the angle that Faster mentions and then wrapped in rigging tape. Most of the load that a spreader "sees" is in compression with the force pushing into the mast (not fore and aft)

Can you shoot some pics of the areas of concern?

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Oh, and when you're looking at that leak, make sure it's not affecting the core of the deck (if the deck is cored) and repair as required. This is something a few of the Alberg folks have found.

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Re: Spreaders advice needed

The plastic tape would prevent the aluminum spreader from contacting the stainless base, and preventing galvanic corrosion. Electrical tape is certainly convenient but if you can find something more durable (thin sheet plastic or even a slice of plastic soda bottle) and use that as a shim, it might be more durable.
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Re: Spreaders advice needed

Both the base and spreader look ok.See pic's. I think I will tape or perhaps get a plastic sleeves made up. I though I remember reading that it was best to have some give to protect the spreader if hit. Also coating the spreader with epoxy.
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Re: Spreaders advice needed

My spreaders have a rubber hose at the inboard end to keep them snug, but with a bit of give.
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Both the base and spreader look ok.See pic's. I think I will tape or perhaps get a plastic sleeves made up. I though I remember reading that it was best to have some give to protect the spreader if hit. Also coating the spreader with epoxy.
1. I'd suggest butyl tape (electrical tape works just as well) although I notice in your pic that the spreader base has a hole through it, probably for a retaining wire. A loop of stainless wire thru the spreader and the base to ensure the spreader stays in place is highly recommended.

2. Don't coat the spreaders with epoxy - unless you want your guests rained on by epoxy shards for the next year or two until they shed it all and are back to normal again. Epoxy isn't UV-resistant and bare metal spreaders will be quite okay as they are.

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Re: Spreaders advice needed

Epoxy raining from the sky sounds as if we both have read Mr Don Casey. No, I would just epoxy coat the section of aluminum that is in contact with the stainless then tape. Butyl tape/ putty is pretty soft. There is some pretty good duct tape on the market. It sounds like most do not think the loose fitting is not a problem if there as been no damage to the spreader.
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