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Khan
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spreader removel

i have a 1983 C36 i want to pull the spreaders off and powder cote them can i take them off with the rig up seams simpel enough just want to make suer its do able

1983 C36 hull #119
MDR CA

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1983 C36 hull #119
MDR CA
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pkeyser
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I would be reluctant to do this even if the boat was on the hard but maybe I'm conservative. Think of the mast as a giant spring under some moderate compressive loading from the stays. If you've been onboard during moderate winds (and no sails raised), especially 15-20+ knots, you've undoubtedly felt the mast "pump"(vibrate)...and that is occuring when it is properly supported. Remove the midpoint support, and should wind blow, I think you might experience severe pumping that could be damaging. If the boat were in some giant building with no air flow and no wave induced motion- then no problem, but I doubt that's the case for your winter storage.

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Paul & Wendy Keyser
"First Light"
Newburyport MA/Rye NH
2005 C36 MKII #2257
Wing, M35B

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