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What the others have said... plus, one day you may want an Assymetrical cruising spinnaker which won't need the pole but will still need the halyard.
Also, used spinnakers are available everywhere and you could get an undersized one once you're comfortable with the boat.. spinnakering singlehanded is doable, your upper wind strength threshold is just generally lower.
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".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)