laser2 ?

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I just got a laser 2 real cheap...But it needed work and the sails and mast are from a flying junior. So I patched the hull patched the sail and took it out to day in very light wind. It floats and moves so I am happy. I will be sailing single handed for the most part so the FJ sails are 24sq feet shorter than a laser 2 rig so I am not really concerned.

The ?? is. both laser 2 and FJ have spreader bars on the mast, mine does not. Do I need one? what are the pros and cons of a spreader bar? I don't see holes where there was removed hardware so i don't think it ever had one.

Any thoughts