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Old 13-10-2012, 21:07   #16
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Re: Spreader Question

No welding is evident, however i'll be aloft soon for a closer look.

The vessel birthed next to us had her mast taken down recently . . . . Not pointing fingers, but there are no over-sized pilings near us!

In any event its probably needed experience at some point.
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Old 13-10-2012, 21:21   #17
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No welding is evident, however i'll be aloft soon for a closer look.
I've also seen spreaders fit onto a bar that passes through the mast.
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Old 13-10-2012, 21:24   #18
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As far as i can tell they fit into an oval socket bolted to the mast.
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Old 14-10-2012, 06:19   #19
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I guess I would inspect the socket and bolts to make sure there are no cracks, then try to find a replacement spreader from Rig-rite or have a duplicate made.
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Old 14-10-2012, 06:53   #20
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Re: Spreader Question

I was in the Berkeley Marina when Frank Robbins purchased Kialoa II. Somehow, he rounded up two of us boat owners from the docks to help him take the boat out on his first sail. I do not think, at the time he had any idea what he had bought (I think he told us she had been confiscated as a drug running boat) and was a novice sailor at best. Kialoa was tired, but I recall how absolutely beautifully she sailed in the SF winds. At the time, I did not think Frank was going to go anywhere with that boat--seemed at the time another case of someone with big dreams and short on skills and maybe money. You can probably imagine how much pleasure I had in reading of his globe circling adventures in the subsequent years. Taught me to reserve my judgement in other peoples' dreams.
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Frank Robben's home page with a lot of information on Kialoa II and his voyages is here:
:: Homepage for Frank and Cynthia Robben ::
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Old 17-10-2012, 20:19   #22
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I apologize for the delay.

Below are images of the bent spreader. Let me know what you think. I have taken a closer look and see no surface cracks nor 'stretching' of the metal although i'm sure it must be present.

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If it were mine, I would replace it. Even if there are no cracks, the spreader is no longer in column and more likely to buckle under load.
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