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Re: Whisker Pole Sticker Shock

Prices on all this stuff, including blocks, rigging, etc. is exorbitant. You either have to be rich or handy to own a sailboat. I made a whisker pole from a pc. of 2-1/2" X 1/4" 6061 T6 aluminum tubing bought from an online metal dealer then fabricated/welded up my own s.s. spring-loaded ends based on standard pole-end designs. It is every bit as good and, in fact, more rugged than the $2000 variety. Made it non-telescoping, just shy of J-length, although making a sliding pole would be no problem if you want adjustable capability. I may yet do that. Materials: some s.s. flat stock, tubing and round stock for the spring pins, alum tubing, some scrap foam for floatation, 2 springs. Cost: around $250. Satisfaction about avoiding being bent over-PRICELESS.
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A clockwork watch might as well be steam driven it is so obsolete. I have a matched set of Seth Thomas clock & barometer - really beautiful, high quality stuff but the clock is clockwork and doesn't keep time as well as a $10 battery job. Plus you have to wind the damn thing every few days.
The amazing part of the entire episode is that I was able to sell the broken Omega on eBay (fully disclosed the issue) for only about $300 less than I paid for it 10 years before.

Maybe whisker poles will appreciate too!
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A clockwork watch might as well be steam driven it is so obsolete. I have a matched set of Seth Thomas clock & barometer - really beautiful, high quality stuff but the clock is clockwork and doesn't keep time as well as a $10 battery job. Plus you have to wind the damn thing every few days.
I picked my Tissot up for $400, it'll never need a battery, and it is accurate enough. It gains about 1s a day, so I put it back a minute once a month so it is always within 30s of the true time. The average accuracy over a month is within 15s of the true time. How much more accuracy do you need? Nothing I do day to day requires timing to closer than a minute.

If we're going to talk about technological anachronisms, I'd better sell my Bristol right now and get a new Beneteau.

A mechanical watch is more about the intrinsic beauty of fine engineering. Not to mention that the true cost of ownership of anything is depreciation. You can buy a used Omega and sell it in 10 or 20 years time for what you paid for it.
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I picked my Tissot up for $400, it'll never need a battery, and it is accurate enough. It gains about 1s a day, so I put it back a minute once a month so it is always within 30s of the true time. The average accuracy over a month is within 15s of the true time. How much more accuracy do you need? Nothing I do day to day requires timing to closer than a minute.

If we're going to talk about technological anachronisms, I'd better sell my Bristol right now and get a new Beneteau.

A mechanical watch is more about the intrinsic beauty of fine engineering. Not to mention that the true cost of ownership of anything is depreciation. You can buy a used Omega and sell it in 10 or 20 years time for what you paid for it.
I fully appreciate fine engineering, probably more than most, but if I'm paying a HUGE premium for something, it better work AT LEAST as well as cheaper alternatives. Would you pay Porsche prices for a car that didn't perform as well as a Chevy, just because it was nicely turned out? By the way, I can guarantee that Tissot will have a lot more shop time for repairs & adjusting over it's life than the time needed for batteries in a digital. I'm old enough to have had mostly clockwork watches - some quite expensive ones, so I know whereof I speak.

Would you also prefer an old, high quality sextant over a good GPS? 20 mile accuracy at best compared to 20 feet all the time, at night, in fog or overcast?

I can understand what drives collectors of old, high quality timepieces, I'm not about to sell my Seth Thomas set. What I hold in disdain are the suckers who pay $20K for a new Rolex, think they've bought "the best" and make a big deal of the sweep second hand. That is nothing but a nouveau riche status game played by fools - the same kind of people who pay $thousands for a bottle of wine and try to convince others that it is "better".

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Re: Whisker Pole Sticker Shock

Bought mine a length of 1 1/2 inch sch 40 aluminium pipe , in a scrapyard for $1 a pound. Works well on my 31 for several Pacific crossings, and 28 years of full time cruising. . I use 2 inch sch 40 aluminiumn for the 36 footers , No problems.
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Re: Whisker Pole Sticker Shock

I saw an article regarding building your own whisker pole. I don't know if it were in GOB or not but it suggested using those extendable handles for painting. I don't know if they would work on a larger boat but I sail a 16 foot Sunbird and those do seem strong enough for that. I bought a 8 foot extendable handle for $25.00 (you can get them down to $15.00 at Lowes but those are thin and spindly looking) I bought hardware (a hook for the mast, a threaded bolt for the sail) and a piece of plastic tubing for the threaded bolt. Total cost less than $30.00 and an hour's worth of work. For me it works fine.

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