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Old 02-25-2009
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Handling a spinnaker pole that is permanently attached to mast?

The spinnaker pole on my boat is attached to a long track (the inboard end of the pole ends up the mast with the outboard end attached near the deck). The pole is aluminum and long (J = 18.5 feet). I plan to use the pole with my assymmetric and possibly downwind with two headsails. Getting the pole down is not too hard (gravity helps), but hoisting it is difficult singlehanded. You obviously need to be at the mast to hoist the butt end of the pole but this means that the other end is loose and prone to bang around. I tried using an uphaul to help control this but it did not help much. Do I need to rig some sort of preventers fore and aft to control the end as I hoist? Any suggestions would be appreciated. BTW, replacing this pole with a carbon fiber one is not an option - lots of other stuff to spend money on first.
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