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post #3 of Old 12-05-2009
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People don't store their spinnaker or whisker poles vertically on the mast because when they work loose (all by themselves, it just suddenly happens!) they drop down and (pick any two) 1/hit people who are sunning on the foredeck, causing a 4" gash that leaves bloodstains that are a real chore to clean up 2/hit the deck, causing a 2"gash and cracks that cost $1500 to fix 3/hit the hatch, requiring a new $800 hatchcover, 4/ torque and break the $300 end fitting, the $100 mast fitting, and possibly the $100 track, which will cost $750 to re-install. If you calculate how long the pole is and how much leverage that affords at the business end, you will probably stow your whisker or spinnaker pole on deck. If it is too heavy to handle, each of those pounds is adding to the leverage and/or impact of the pole. Perhaps carbon fiber would be a lighter option. Despite its cost, it may end up being cheaper than the alternatives.
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