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IIRC, the Hoyt Gun Mount Spinnaker mounts the spinnaker pole on a pivot that allows the spinnaker pole to slide horizontally. It is essentially making the spinnaker self-gybing.
It isn't so much that it allows you to hoist the spinnaker from the cockpit, but that you don't need a bow person to handle the pole. Anyone can hoist a spinnaker from the cockpit—especially if you're using a chute sock...but running it from the cockpit is a different story.
IIRC, the spinnaker pole is longer than one normally used without the Hoyt Gun Mount, and the spinnaker guys/sheets are attached to both ends of the spinnaker pole, and then the pole slides through the gunmount when the spinnaker gybes.
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