Sizing a spinnaker 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? 
  #1  
Old 02-18-2013
PaulinVictoria's Avatar
Remember you're a womble
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Sidney, BC
Posts: 1,919
Thanks: 7
Thanked 47 Times in 46 Posts
Rep Power: 6
PaulinVictoria is on a distinguished road
Sizing a spinnaker pole

So the J measurement on my boat is 10'6", would a pole 9'4" work? I know they are usually chosen to be "around" the same as the J, but how close is still "around"?
__________________
Orange Crush
1974 C&C27 MkII

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 02-18-2013
Faster's Avatar
Just another Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
Posts: 15,342
Thanks: 88
Thanked 242 Times in 233 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Faster has a spectacular aura about Faster has a spectacular aura about Faster has a spectacular aura about
Re: Sizing a spinnaker pole

Poles are generally at least J length... often slightly longer despite the rating penalty one would take.

Problem with a short pole is that in light air when you are sailing pole down (esp if the butt end is not on a track) the end of the pole and the tack of the spoinnaker end up inside the headstay and if you're reaching the sail is 'wrapped' across the stay.

This leaves the possibility of the pole coming up on the wrong side of the forestay, and you can imagine what that might to to the sail if the crew on the pole lift is heads down and doesn't notice what's going on. With a proper length pole it always stays on the weather side of the forestay, giving you the projection you'll need/want.

A foot shorter would 'work'.... but not well - even running deep you'll lose 'girth' due to lack of projection.
__________________
Ron

1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"

".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 02-18-2013
PaulinVictoria's Avatar
Remember you're a womble
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Sidney, BC
Posts: 1,919
Thanks: 7
Thanked 47 Times in 46 Posts
Rep Power: 6
PaulinVictoria is on a distinguished road
Re: Sizing a spinnaker pole

Yeah, I could see that turning into a bit of a mess. Oh well, was a pretty much brand new pole for $100, but since I don't even have a spinnaker (yet) I guess I'll wait for something more suitable. Or just look at an asym or perhaps a big light-weight genoa.
__________________
Orange Crush
1974 C&C27 MkII

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 02-18-2013
Faster's Avatar
Just another Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
Posts: 15,342
Thanks: 88
Thanked 242 Times in 233 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Faster has a spectacular aura about Faster has a spectacular aura about Faster has a spectacular aura about
Re: Sizing a spinnaker pole

If you're thinking assym then you could use that pole to fashion a deck mounted prod for it.. With 7 feet on deck and a 2 ft extension you shouldn't need any kind of bob stay. For $100 if it doesn't work out you can easily sell it again.
__________________
Ron

1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"

".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 02-19-2013
PaulinVictoria's Avatar
Remember you're a womble
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Sidney, BC
Posts: 1,919
Thanks: 7
Thanked 47 Times in 46 Posts
Rep Power: 6
PaulinVictoria is on a distinguished road
Re: Sizing a spinnaker pole

Hah, yeah, it'd probably just tear the front half of the deck off
__________________
Orange Crush
1974 C&C27 MkII

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 02-19-2013
svHyLyte's Avatar
Old as Dirt!
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
Posts: 2,835
Thanks: 15
Thanked 116 Times in 110 Posts
Rep Power: 7
svHyLyte is on a distinguished road
Re: Sizing a spinnaker pole

Quote:
Originally Posted by PaulinVictoria View Post
Yeah, I could see that turning into a bit of a mess. Oh well, was a pretty much brand new pole for $100, but since I don't even have a spinnaker (yet) I guess I'll wait for something more suitable. Or just look at an asym or perhaps a big light-weight genoa.
Paul--

Considering that the cost in poles is the end fittings, not the tube, if the diameter is right I'd by the pole, detach the end fittings and simply buy a longer length of tubing which is relatively inexpensive. In that manner you could have a properly sized pole for your yacht for much less than half the cost of new. (E.g. Ultra end fittings for a 3" diameter pole sell for upwards of $374.00 USD or $744.00 for just the two ends of a pole).

FWIW...
__________________
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 02-19-2013
zz4gta's Avatar
I don't discuss my member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Chesapeake Bay
Posts: 2,468
Thanks: 0
Thanked 24 Times in 24 Posts
Rep Power: 8
zz4gta is on a distinguished road
Re: Sizing a spinnaker pole

APS - Spinnaker Pole End Fittings

has end fittings for 3" pole quite a bit cheaper. However, I'm with svHy on this one, get the pole, pull the ends and reinstall on a properly sized pipe from the hardware store. Done.
__________________
Merit 25 # 764 "Audrey"
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




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
whisker pole or spinnaker pole ltgoshen General Discussion (sailing related) 11 06-20-2012 02:38 PM
Using spinnaker pole to pole out jib when sailing downwind... sweetdreamyamaha Seamanship & Navigation 5 09-08-2010 11:39 AM
Using a spinnaker pole instead of a whisker pole aphil138 Gear & Maintenance 14 03-31-2008 03:51 PM
Wanted a Whisker Pole and a Spinnaker Pole matthiesen Gear & Maintenance 0 02-22-2008 03:10 PM
Whisker pole sizing blt2ski Gear & Maintenance 12 06-12-2007 04:28 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:22 PM.

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

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.