Gentlemen don't sail upwind. :-)
An option I've used is chafe patches on the genoa.
---In amelyachtowners@..., <sailw32@...> wrote :
I have considerable chafe on my genoa that is only a few years old and maybe about 5000 miles on it. Its obviously rubbing on the spreader. Has anyone bought boots for the spreaders on a SM that fit well. I have the wheels , but they don't provide enough protection.