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LT_Smash
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Initially Posted - 05/02/2019 :  16:02:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi All,

Proud part owner of 1980 Capri 25, Hull No. 68 here.

The boat is solid and in remarkable shape for its age. One thing that concerns me is that the spreaders can wobble. If you grab the uppers and give them a shake the outboard end of the spreader wobbles fore and aft a good 3-4 inches either way. Catalina direct says that's not meant to be and that no replacement spreaders or mounts are available.

Apparently there is a pin through the spreader base and spreader, and they can wear, allowing play. If I can't replace it, can I just JB-Weld the spreader into the base perpendicular to the mast? My only other idea is to drill out the hole slightly and fit a slightly larger pin (and JB-Weld the pin in to prevent it falling out). Any other ideas?

Thanks in advance,
LT_Smash

joearcht
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Response Posted - 05/02/2019 :  17:39:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Congrats Smash,

I had a similar problem on 433 when I acquired it.

I found that Rig-Rite - K-SP22 of roughly 32" in length will fit as a replacement. Barely noticeable if ANY difference. I paid $69.00 a piece for two of them plus shipping.
I bet they are still available, but don't know how much inflation may have kicked in.

http://www.rigrite.com

Check them out first and compare the replacement before you try to repair. I've been happy with mine for 12 years now.

Good Luck

Joe W Hiller Jr
1985 Capri 25
Hull #433
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SailTowery
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Response Posted - 05/07/2019 :  08:11:59  Show Profile  Visit SailTowery's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I wouldn't think JB Weld would hold up to the loads put on spreaders. I would buy new spreaders like Joe above. I ended up having a friend fabricate new spreader brackets for me. Lighter and much stiffer. He'd probably make more for the right price.



Ben
Little Wing
Hull #422
https://www.facebook.com/capri25littlewing/
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LT_Smash
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Response Posted - 05/09/2019 :  09:47:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks to both of you for your comments and ideas.
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SailTowery
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Response Posted - 05/09/2019 :  10:24:28  Show Profile  Visit SailTowery's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Here are my pictures







Ben
Little Wing
Hull #422
https://www.facebook.com/capri25littlewing/
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TCurran
Admiral

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Response Posted - 05/10/2019 :  04:29:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SailTowery

If I could figure out how to post pics, I would post some of my custom spreader brackets. :)


Can you post them on FB? Thanks

Tom Curran
1981 Capri 25 Hull #101 "Dirty Debbie"
1985 Watkins 25 "Comfortably Numb"
1960 Rhodes Swiftsure 33 "Keola"
PAFB, FL
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TCurran
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Response Posted - 05/10/2019 :  04:40:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ben, look on the left hand side, click on "Members Area". You'll have to sign in again. Once in the member area there are instructions to help.



Tom Curran
1981 Capri 25 Hull #101 "Dirty Debbie"
1985 Watkins 25 "Comfortably Numb"
1960 Rhodes Swiftsure 33 "Keola"
PAFB, FL
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