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I just had spreader bases replaced on the mast and, as part of it rigger chose to use new spreaders (the old ones required somewhat involved fitting to use with new bases and he felt that this would not be worth my expense).

The thing is - new spreaders are about 10 lbs heavier than old ones (each), so I am easily adding 20lbs aloft. (Edited: or may be it is 10 lbs added for both? I weighted them a while ago and can't really remember now. Still, not trivial amount) My boat is not a racing boat for sure, and the mast is relatively short (spreaders are about 15' above deck).

Still, would I expect to see any difference in handling? Would the boat be perceptibly more "tippy"?

Should I insist on using lighter spreaders anyway (and pay for it) or try the new ones and see if things are as bad as I my worst expectations are, first?

Generally, whats the "rule of thumb" of making things heavier up above (except "don't do it" :) )?
 

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Very interesting info! I didn't think of it in terms of inertia but now that you mention it - it makes sense.

Well, thanks for the information - I guess I'll stick with the new way and find out (or, more likely, won't notice :) ).
 
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