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Spreader bar questions #17821
04/27/18 04:43 PM
04/27/18 04:43 PM
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Pocasset, MA 02559
Bill Veno Offline OP
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Hi all -
Just wondering if the spreader bar is/was a retrofit to original J/30 mast - or whether it was a feature of the original mast configuration. I haven't ever removed the spreaders from my 1983 J/30 and have never had any issues with the boat in 28+ years of ownership (Waltzing Matilda - hull #456).
If a spreader bar wasn't ever installed on my boat - as a precaution as it gradually ages (gracefully thus far) - should I install one? If so, who should I contact to get a spreader bar?
Many thanks!
Bill Veno


Waltzing Matilda
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Re: Spreader bar questions [Re: Bill Veno] #17822
04/27/18 07:24 PM
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Melbourne Beach, FL
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Bill,
I know early boats did not have one, but my 1983 (hull 457) boat has a compression post at the spreaders. I don't know if it was original or not, but I don't think the previous owner would have installed it. With the mast down it's pretty easy to see. You can probably also see it through the fitting where the lowers enter the mast. It's toward aft of the spreaders

Re: Spreader bar questions [Re: Bill Veno] #17843
05/05/18 10:56 AM
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Scappoose, OR
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Bill,
My boat is #281 and it has the spreader bar.


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Re: Spreader bar questions [Re: Bill Veno] #17844
05/05/18 11:41 AM
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Pocasset, MA 02559
Bill Veno Offline OP
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Thank you very much Coastie and FCD! Much appreciated!
Bill


Waltzing Matilda
Re: Spreader bar questions [Re: Bill Veno] #17849
05/15/18 12:44 PM
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Melbourne, FL, USA
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My boat, hull #406 did not have a spreader bar. I installed the Annapolis Rigging kit.


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