Originally Posted by jr438234606
What is the difference between a Spinnaker Pole and a Whisker Pole? .... When I try to find a Whisker Pole Car, I can't find it. Although, I find plenty of Spinnaker Pole Cars. Are they the same thing? Does each have it's own type of Car? My pole is a Forespar.
Spinnaker poles are fixed length (usually based on the boat's "J" measurement) and have identical fittings at each end.
Whisker poles - used to pole out a jib or genoa downwind - usually have one car fitting and may have just a pin at the other end, or a similar fitting as well. Whisker poles are also often telescoping to allow adjustment for different sized headsails.
A whisker pole can be used on any car or ring that it will fit on (you can save a lot of money by simply attaching a large ring to the mast - you lose some adjustability, but if cruising it's not a big deal)