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Whisker Pole? What are these?

So what are these? I assume the previous owner had a whisker pole or something and used these to store it on the stanchions. There are two. But they look awful small and there is absolutely no indication that anything like a track or a ring was ever mounted on the mast. I know bupkis about whisker poles but don't they need to mount to the mast somehow?

And why would a Hunter with a 110% jib need one anyway?



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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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Re: Whisker Pole? What are these?

I sail a Hunter 30 with a 110 jib and use a whisker pole quite often.
If I have to sail DDW for any distance I'll rig the pole and set a preventer on my boom. It makes going wing and wing a lot easier and requires less constant attention on the helm.
As far as I know whisker poles - like spinnaker poles - are attached to a ring on the mast. My mast is an Isomat that is formed to kae a spinnaker car. There is no track per se but grooves on the leading edge of the spar. I bought an Isomat spinnaker car a couple of years ago. It wasn't that cheap so if I sell my boat I'll probably take it with me if it fits my new boat. Probably what the PO of your boat did.

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