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Old 12-05-2009
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Storing whisker pole vertically

I have come up with a way to store my whisker pole vertically, and I don't see anyone else doing it. I'm wondering why.
I hook one end of the pole on the mast ring where it will be attached when used. The other end of the pole is secured to the topping lift, and lifted vertically. So, the pole and mast are parallel. Then, I only have to release the topping lift to lower the pole into place for use. The only possible drawback I can see, is that the pole might bang against the mast in big seas or heavy winds, (though it seems pretty secure in the slip). If so, I could pad it. It sure seems a lot more convenient than storing it horizontally on deck. Anyone see other problems?
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