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Forespar Line-Control Whisker Pole

I just recently obtained a used Forespar Line-Control whisker pole. The pole extends from 12 to 22 feet and the tubes are 3 and 2 1/2 inches. The line used to extend and retract the pole gets tied off on a cleat at the inboard end of the pole. However, the line is not long enough to put a figure 8 around the cleat. In fact, it barely makes one wrap around the cleat. Is that a "jam" cleat, i.e., the line jams under the horn of the cleat, and only one wrap is needed or is there something amiss with the line?

A second question: I plan to mount the pole on the mast and will be replacing the ring car that I presently use to attach all of my halyards when not in use. What do others do with your halyards if you don't have a place on the mast to attach them? I've seen them attached to the toe rail, but that's a PITA, if you ask me.

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Re: Forespar Line-Control Whisker Pole

The control line on my 10-18 whisker pole is long enough to do a proper cleat hitch. I wonder if your control line is tangled inside?

It occured to me when I was trying out my new pole last weekend that you can turn the inner pole relative to the out, and if that was done enough times you'd have quite a twist in the control line.

Main Halyard goes on the aft end of the boom. The spinnaker halyard goes to the toerail.

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Re: Forespar Line-Control Whisker Pole

What Mark said.
And.... IF (and that's an if that varies from boat to boat) it does not get into a quarrel with the top swivel of the roller furling.... then lead the spinn halyard to one side of the bow pulpit or the other. Both sides if you have a couple of wing halyards.

Otherwise, it's to the toe rail. Anywhere but straight down the side of the spar where it beats against it 24/7.

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