Join Date: May 2007
Location: Stony Brook, NY
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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.