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Re: Whisker Pole? What are these?
They do look like whisker pole storage clips.. the whisker pole is used when sailing downwind to hold the clew of the jib outboard - otherwise the jib tends to collapse and fill and collapse and fill, esp once you're lower than a broad reach. Stabilizes the rig considerably.
There should be some kind of ring on the mast, but it's possible that the PO clipped one end to the shrouds, esp if the pole is on the short side. From the clips it looks like a pretty skinny pole.
Look on the bright side.. these would be a good place to stow your boathook.. at least until your dockings all go smoothly
Come to think of it.. maybe that is what they were for in the first place...
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Last edited by Faster; 03-20-2016 at 08:32 PM.