Big fan of the forum, been totally invaluable as I try to bring my recently acquired 30-yr old boat back to "Bluewater" condition. This is my first post so hopefully everything works.
I have a custom (read home-built) boat. During the survey
it was pointed out that a few of the spreaders are not attached to their inner posts. I suppose the danger
is if the mast
flexes very heavily the entire spreader could come off. All of the spreaders have multiple drill holes top and bottom, some of which have holding rivets, but most are empty as I am guessing the rivets came out as the spreaders flexed. Pics attached.
So my question to the group is how to best attached the spreader to its post. I can't reuse many of the holes so I was considering to fill the old holes with metal epoxy
1. Drill new holes and put in fairly deep new rivets.
2. Drill a hole through the entire width of the spreader about 4cm from the edge, and insert perhaps a 6mm stainless bolt with protection on top and bottom to prevent corrosion
with the aluminum
Comments most appreciated.