The holes in the spreader do elongate and will wear through eventually if left not repaired. Lost
a starboard spreader on a 41' Palmer Johnson BOUNTY II during 30 knot
winds on Lake Huron early in a Port Huron to Mackinac race
. Went up the mast
, got the spreader down and cut off the worn out holes. Drilled new holes, and put it all back together then tightened the shroud
. Got it fixed in time to tack before running into the Canadian shore at Goderich and finished the race
Lots of bruises from holding the mast while beating into those winds and waves. Fixing this while the mast is down or at least at the dock
will be much easier.