I am looking to get a whisker pole for our 34 foot cutter with a J of 17 feet. The goal is to hold out our gennie when sailing down wind. We have a ring on the front of our mast and are kind of questioning the type of pole end fittings that will work best for us.
Forespar seems to have two that look like they will be easy to use on an extendable pole. One is a "Trigger" and the other that is available is a "Piston". The trigger is a wedge shaped locking device and the piston seems to be a rod that extends to lock the pole in place. Sorry, I have only viewed the pictures on line so have had no chance to get my hands on these components.
Can anyone help enlighten me on the advantages of these pole ends? Can you advise if one end is used inboard or outboard? How do they hold up to exposure, sitting out on deck for years? I also need to learn if a guy is used with these poles.
Thanks for your feedback and knowledge.
Hope you are enjoying a very Merry Christmas!
s/v Tango, Cabo Rico 34
Lankford Bay Marina
Chester River, MD