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I have several padeyes running the length of the foredeck along the toerails. They have shock cords threaded through them with snap hooks on them. On the port side, the shock cord is used to tie a jib down on deck, and on the starboard side, the shock cords hold the spinnaker pole. The jaws at the forward end of the pole clamp onto a fitting on the deck like jarcher described above.
Some points, however:
1) My setup lends itself to grime building up under the pole. Little green trails on the gelcoat would follow the length of the pole and wherever the bridles touched the deck. This past winter I mounted the pole on the mast and belayed the forward end to the forestay with shock cord. This kept the pole off the deck and didn't put much lateral strain on the stay. Much less cleaning to do this way.
2) If you only want it for poling out a jib, a whisker pole is a better bet. It's lighter and doesn't require bridles like a spinnaker pole does. That said, if you have a pole and a spinnaker you might as well use the spinnaker in situations where you would pole out a jib... if you don't, you're missing out.
3) I've seen a lot of boats with the setup you have. If your pole is rattling around, it might be that the fittings, either on the mast or on the pole ends, are worn away and are permitting movement. Can you post photos, of the various bits of hardware along, and with the pole stowed on the mast?
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