Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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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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Last edited by smurphny; 04-26-2012 at 02:29 PM.