MC-Scow Spreader Bracket Modification Reduces Failures
The MC-Scow spreader bracket transfers load from the spreaders to the mast. The standard bracket can sometimes fail, due to either momentary high loads, such as during heavy air jibes, or due to repeated stress. The loads can also cause the mast to kink. When he got a new mast, Noel Neuman substituted the standard bracket with a different style to reduce the potential for failures. The replacement bracket is adjustable and attaches further aft on the mast, near the bolt rope slot, where the extrusion is thicker. Noel has seen no evidence of wear over several years, despite sailing in some heavy air events.