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#1 mcp

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 08:59 PM

Okay,  the boat came with a spinnaker pole.   I know what that is/does/can be used for....but I have another pole that came with the boat, that I have no idea what it is for?   See pictures of the ends below....a hook and pulley at one ends and a normal pole attachment at the other.   

 

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#2 SanFran

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 09:07 PM

I think its called a whisker pole. I had one too, and ended up biffing it. Nevervsurevwhat it did
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#3 Frank

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 09:21 PM

Its a whisker pole , used on  symmetrical spinnakers , to hold the guy (windward sheet)  off the side stays (prevents chafe) when the pole is well fwd,(ie almost touching the mast) 


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Posted 20 January 2019 - 09:21 PM

if its quite a short one, i thought they could be used when the pole was right forward on the forestay.  The Whisker pole went out at right angles on the mast to give the guy some angle on the main pole


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#5 Willow

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Posted 20 January 2019 - 10:09 PM

Also called a jockey pole or reaching strut, popular in the IOR days.


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Posted 21 January 2019 - 07:27 AM

Also called a jockey pole or reaching strut, popular in the IOR days.

And coming back in a slightly different form.

They can be seen on Volvo boats and similar near the stern to get the sheet trimmed outboard more.


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#7 ex Elly

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 10:30 AM

Jockey pole is used on the spinnaker brace when shy reaching, to prevent damage to the stanchions.


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#8 Sudden5869

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Posted 21 January 2019 - 07:46 PM

Senior bow and mast crew will remember the jockey pole.  PITA 


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#9 mcp

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Posted 22 January 2019 - 07:48 PM

Thank you, everyone, for your replies.

 

So if I am going cruising and I currently have no spinnaker [on the purchase list] would I be best to purchase an asymmetric and or is there still a valid reason for an symmetric spinnaker and keeping the jockey/whisker pole?  I would learn to use it,  so not worried about that aspect and I plan to cruise to the tropics and likely a downwind route until I run out of cash.


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#10 John B

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Posted 22 January 2019 - 08:38 PM

Might be useful for getting the dinghy on the foredeck.
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