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Whisker pole recommended for PSC 37?

I just got back from Strickly Sail in Chicago. Attended a short-handed sailing seminar where the speaker recommended a Forespar whisker pole for downwind sailing. I was wondering if other PSC owners have found these worth the coin and added boat stuff. I sail the Great Lakes, so not sure if that would influence your recommendation.

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I have a PSC 34 and found the spinnaker pole it came with was very unwieldy to work with for downwind sailing. Since I don't fly a spinnaker (only an assymetric) so last summer I switched over toe a whisker pole. It works great. You have to be careful not to crank it down against your shroud. The whisker holds the jenny out nicely, it is light and easy to handle.

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I have a Caliber 33 with a whisker pole and use it pretty often on long stretches. Makes in possible to sail way deeper in light winds than you could otherwise. It isn't the easiest thing in the world to deal with but not too hard either. Nice thing is you can roll up the genny without taking it down if you need to shorten sail suddenly for a squall or whatever
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So a whisker pole seems to be a well-respected piece of equipment that cruising sailors would rather have than a simpler boat. Appreciate you both weighing in here!
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I just got back from Strickly Sail in Chicago. Attended a short-handed sailing seminar where the speaker recommended a Forespar whisker pole for downwind sailing. I was wondering if other PSC owners have found these worth the coin and added boat stuff. I sail the Great Lakes, so not sure if that would influence your recommendation.

Boy did I walk away from that show ready to prep my boat for the 2012 season! I am sure, exactly what they intended! Jimmy Cornell was a beacon of information, a real add to the show. Nice.
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I think once you start cruising longer distances, you'll find it invaluable. We've had one up for days, on the genoa. Easy to "douse" too. John Kretschmer's video does a nice job explaining:

Forespar Whisker Pole - YouTube

Now, one pole or two? Aluminum, Aluminum/Carbon, or all Carbon? Which pole car? Decisions, decisions - gives us something to do over the long winter.

Here is one of my favorite YouTube videos of a Dana 24 going downwind with twin poles

Singlehanded sailing with twin headsails view from a kitecam - YouTube
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A whisker pole is great, especially for long runs. I've spent days running downwind wing and wing using a whisker pole.

A regulation-length spinnaker pole is really too short to fully pole-out a big genoa, so an extending whisker pole is a good solution. The whisker pole is generally less sturdy than a spin pole so you need to be careful in big winds. On a PSC 37 you can probably manage the weight of an aluminum pole, but the carbon ones are certainly nice (and expensive).
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Appreciate the additional input! Looks like a whisker pole would be very valuable when I am sailing up/down Lake Michigan coast or crossing in the right winds, especially if I am really trying to get somewhere (i.e. not daysailing). I definitely would want the lighter pole for manageability. The videos make it look like more sailing fun!
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PSC#& whisker pole

YES definitly "need " a whisker pole, we have a mast attached spinnaker pole and a 17 ft "whisker pole" for trade wind sailing a must in my book I cheaped out on alluminum pole and would get a carbon pole next time they are are a handfull for sure but fun and required to run down wind in any kind of rolling seas ,after all she is a sailing m
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YES definitly "need " a whisker pole, we have a mast attached spinnaker pole and a 17 ft "whisker pole" for trade wind sailing a must in my book I cheaped out on alluminum pole and would get a carbon pole next time they are are a handfull for sure but fun and required to run down wind in any kind of rolling seas ,after all she is a sailing m
achine afterall. fun cheers, BIll
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Bill,
Does that mean you deck mount the whisker pole ?
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no not quiet , we lash the whisker pole in the forward lifelines gennerally underway BUT have a ring on the mast and a cleat beside the granny bars where we can put the whisker to bed upwards leaning to open up the fordeck for living. options ,
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