I know this is pretty obscure, and I'll probably wind
up at a custom shop, but does anyone know the vendor(s) of the spars used on early '80's Coopers (in my case the 416)? I had the mast
pulled when we hauled out for the winter, and after taking off the lower spreader "boots" (ok, a rubber sheet wrapped around the end tang (?) with self-amalgamating rubber holding it on) I found severe corrosion
of the last couple of inches of spreader. Clearly this was a bad idea for chafe protection as it allowed crud and water
to be held against an aluminum/stainless joint.
I'd intended on replacing the standing rigging
as it's 30 years old (although for the last 25 years it's been a New England
coastal boat, so a fairly limited sailing season), however after seeing the spreaders that turns out to be a much more urgent problem.
For those interested these are tubular spreaders with stainless socket-type bases, through-bolted with a compression
is discontinuous (hence the tang on the end) with a cap shroud
. Opinions on repair/replace appreciated!