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Old 29-08-2016, 15:21   #16
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Re: Spreader End Covers - Mother of Invention...

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Obi Wan, what you need is leather hide. Very soft, smooth and I suspect what you had on there before.
What was on there before was a custom fit PVC cap or something similar. Very low friction. You can see the remnants of the one remaining in the picture. Worked well but just wore out from the sun. I can't see using leather. Won't be low friction when wet and a lot of work to put on.

I have an idea I will try made from a nearly impervious material - will be unique I think. I'll post pics when done.
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Been using sheepskin oddments for years..
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What was on there before was a custom fit PVC cap or something similar. Very low friction. You can see the remnants of the one remaining in the picture. Worked well but just wore out from the sun. I can't see using leather. Won't be low friction when wet and a lot of work to put on.

I have an idea I will try made from a nearly impervious material - will be unique I think. I'll post pics when done.
i look forward to seeing your idea. i will be needing to do something for my boat
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Old 29-08-2016, 23:59   #19
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Those spreader ends look very similar to mine.
I lucked out and bought a new pair of 'boots' either white rubber or plastic (they felt like rubber) from Pacific Marine Exchange of Bellingham, WN before they went out of business. Sorry i don't have a manufacturers name but maybe someone else knows who make these things.
BTW, where dd all the stock go from that store when they closed the door forever? i
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FWIW, there has been no problem with our leather spreader boots, have used them for over 20 yrs, on two different boats. So, if it's something someone is interested in trying, don't let the moisture retention issue bother you. Nor have we had it damage any of our genoas .

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I have seen a few very corroded spreader tips which the covers had been hiding,Check under them once a year.
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Just out of interest, the soft, yet thick, hard wearing leather is called chromed leather due to it's method of tanning. This is the stuff that welding gloves and the like are made out of.

Having just refurbished my old PVC spreader boots and reused them, I'm not so sure I'd like leather that could stay damp in contact with aluminium and stainless steel. I'd much prefer synthetic materials for this reason.

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Re: Spreader End Covers - Mother of Invention...

Elk Hide - as used by riggers. Probably the #1 option. Design & sew your own.
UHMW Plastic - molded, & or sewn
Cloth - Especially onto the sails, ditto for thin UHMW sheet
Spectra chafe covers, & or patches. Add to all offending bits; rigging & sails
Spreader wheels
Rubberized plastic spreader boots
PVC - tubing or pipe. The latter can be heat molded
Tennis balls

Smooth & mold (by addition & subtraction of material) all sharp rigging; ends, fittings, & bits, prior to adding other protection, such as chafe pro, or covers onto things.
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Re: Spreader End Covers - Mother of Invention...

We don't have boots on the main spreaders but I sewed on some leather on the foresail spreaders just in case. I used dark maroon latigo which isn't ideal in color but it was what I had available at the moment. It is longer wearing/tougher than the typical chrome-tan leather which most people use. Either will work fine though.
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