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Re: Spinnaker Pole Rigging
You don't want a single point attachment to the bottom of the pole for the down haul. If the existing setup has a light bridle for the pole lift that's fine.. It only needs to support the weight of the pole. However the down haul has to withstand all the lift from the sail and that can be substantial in a breeze. Nowadays making an adequate bridle is a simple thing using dyneema, or wire, or even lo stretch rope.
Those forces will be concentrated at the tip of the pole; without a bridle the pole will bend until it snaps in a puff - and then you've got some fun. Add the bridle and you'll be fine.
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Last edited by Faster; 03-04-2013 at 10:21 PM.