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Question on mast storage of whisker pole

OK, so I'm going the big bucks route with vertical storage on the mast. The only thing I'm looking for is opinions on the track. The 1.25" track is designed for massive pulls from a genoa sheet, but my use is a simple pole storage task. Track design asks for 5/16" flat head screw every 4". At that spacing, with a 10' track, I'm going to be hanging in the bosun chair all day and put an absurd number of holes in the mast. All that, for very very little stress except on the lower end where the pole will be taking forces while in action.

If it were you, would you leave half the holes unfilled? Of course I'm only talking about the storage section. Where the forces are applied in action I'll put in all the screws.

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Re: Question on mast storage of whisker pole

With a whisker pole I don't see the need for a track... a standard mast ring and a hoop to slip the high end into should do it.. Choose the average working height for the ring and go from there. The pole butt end (mast end) height isn't near as critical as it is for a conventional spinnaker.

If you want to stow it 'lower' on the mast, then maybe mount a single ring centered for use as a whisker, and mount the stowage ring and clip/hoop/whatever just around the mast at 2 or 10 oclock for clearance.
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Re: Question on mast storage of whisker pole

No, I wouldn't skip screws. I installed a whisker pole mast mount this spring and put in all the screws for the 10' track. Although your reasoning for skipping a few holes in the storage only area makes sense.
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