FWIW DIY MOB Pole... - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 


Like Tree2Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 02-24-2012
Squidd's Avatar
Superior Sailor
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Eagle River Wi.
Posts: 901
Thanks: 2
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 3
Squidd is on a distinguished road
FWIW DIY MOB Pole...

First a disclaimer..."This in NOT a IYRU and Transpac YC approved device, but never was intended for Ocean Racing type conditions...Doubt it would be of much use in 10'-15' waves and 30-40 knot winds...and has no strobe or EPIRB attached"...

I built it as a safety /locating device for daysailing and weekend crusing the Great Lakes It's a 26' boat so much over 4'-6' waves the wife will have me heading for shelter anyway...



Made it out of a 6' fiberglass rod ($3 Hdwr store) and a "Nerf like" foam football for flotation ($2 at dollar store) a chunk of lead for ballast (about a lb/free) and a chunk of vinyl flag for visibilty ($1 dollar store) so for about $6 I have a lightweight MOB pole.

Plan is to store on boat rail and deploy with Life Ring with about a 6' rope tied to pole to keep them together, so MOB can locate ring and Boat can locate MOB...



Seems to float well, a little high actually, so I'm going to add another lb of lead to help stability..."football" was in the water for a good 10 minutes and showed NO signs of water ingress, but I'll be putting a coat of clear sealer over it for added protection...

Football was attached to pole and ends sealed with 4200 adhesive/sealant, and then rubber gromets were slipped on and secured with small section of heat shrink tube...shouldn't slide up the pole...



Again not "IYRU and Transpac YC approved" but adaquate for the conditions it will be exposed to...Looking at the approved versions, they are 10'-14' long..!! (that's where they get the stability) http://www.defender.com/category.jsp...3330&id=320542 But on a 26' boat may be a bit of overkill for storage and deployment...

Thanks for looking...
jrd22 and Tafa like this.
__________________
"Might as well cast off...If anything is gonna happen...It's gonna happen out there..."
"Captin Ron"

Last edited by Squidd; 02-24-2012 at 11:10 AM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 02-24-2012
Lake Superior Sailor's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Eagle River Wi.
Posts: 908
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 3
Lake Superior Sailor is on a distinguished road
Looks good, hope you never need it!..Dale
__________________
Reluctant Lady
Cal 28, 1967
Lake Superior
Where God got it done!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 02-24-2012
Barquito's Avatar
Barquito
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 1,888
Thanks: 0
Thanked 14 Times in 14 Posts
Rep Power: 7
Barquito is on a distinguished road
How did you attach the lead? I was thinking about making a mooring pick-up stick like that. (BTW, I seriously considered naming my boat 'Parsimony')
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 02-24-2012
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: San Francisco Bay area
Posts: 2,102
Thanks: 0
Thanked 29 Times in 29 Posts
Rep Power: 4
MarkSF is on a distinguished road
That's great work. I was thinking of doing something like that myself - I need something to practice MOB with.

Think I'll copy your design if you don't mind!
__________________
1984 Bristol 31.1
Alameda, California, USA
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 02-24-2012
Squidd's Avatar
Superior Sailor
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Eagle River Wi.
Posts: 901
Thanks: 2
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 3
Squidd is on a distinguished road
Lead was drilled for diameter of pole, pole inserted and cross drilled for 1/8" roll pin...

__________________
"Might as well cast off...If anything is gonna happen...It's gonna happen out there..."
"Captin Ron"
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 02-24-2012
Barquito's Avatar
Barquito
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 1,888
Thanks: 0
Thanked 14 Times in 14 Posts
Rep Power: 7
Barquito is on a distinguished road
You should post this in the 'Low Buck Projects' thread.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 02-24-2012
hellosailor's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 10,369
Thanks: 1
Thanked 72 Times in 70 Posts
Rep Power: 10
hellosailor has a spectacular aura about hellosailor has a spectacular aura about
Works for me, Squidd. My last one was of bamboo, locally grown. Couldn't FIND a find a fiberglass rod, and the bamboo was over 8' long after we trimmed it down. (Height counts, if you're in the trough and need the flag about the wave tops.)
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 02-24-2012
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: San Francisco Bay area
Posts: 2,102
Thanks: 0
Thanked 29 Times in 29 Posts
Rep Power: 4
MarkSF is on a distinguished road
I don't really like the idea of handling lead, OR dipping it in the bay, but it does strike me that I have a nice new zinc for the end of the prop shaft, in a drawer, that's pretty heavy AND has a hole drilled through it already.
__________________
1984 Bristol 31.1
Alameda, California, USA
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 02-24-2012
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 128
Thanks: 5
Thanked 5 Times in 4 Posts
Rep Power: 8
tjvanginkel is on a distinguished road
Two uses for everything!

It can be used as a MOB pole and a place to store your spare zincs! Awesome!
Seriously though it crossed my mind while reading this that zincs might work as well as lead.
I have been thinking about making one of these poles too and now have a few more ideas to try. I have seen them made with pvc pipe as well.
Regards,
Tanya
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 02-24-2012
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Toronto, ON
Posts: 35
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Tafa is on a distinguished road
Thanks for sharing

This is really neat

Tafa
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Using spinnaker pole to pole out jib when sailing downwind... sweetdreamyamaha Seamanship & Navigation 5 09-08-2010 10:39 AM
Using a spinnaker pole instead of a whisker pole aphil138 Gear & Maintenance 14 03-31-2008 02:51 PM
Wanted a Whisker Pole and a Spinnaker Pole matthiesen Gear & Maintenance 0 02-22-2008 02:10 PM
North Pole. Pete Goss puts Playing for Success Charity in Pole position @ BYM Sailing News NewsReader News Feeds 0 04-20-2006 04:15 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:34 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012