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Old 09-04-2013
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Re: T30 ...spinnaker pole... And short pole next to it...

Originally Posted by svHyLyte View Post
Note that in this photo, the reaching strut is up-side down. The long side of the outboard jaw, with the parrots beak end, should be on top of the guy, to hold the pole in place on the guy if the guy comes free of the sheave.

I guess the upside down strut has the fellow in the yellow foulies upset as he seems to be doing a bit of a frustration dance (or perhaps he has to pee)!

I get that a cruising chute or Asym sail of any kind would not need a reaching strut, which is only useful with a symmetrical spinnaker.

I still find it interesting that Harken does not show a reaching strut. I guess they assume that all cruising spinnakers are asymmetrical.

My faith in the marine sailing hardware companies remains undaunted though as I find that Forespar carries all the parts you could want for a reaching strut for nearly a boat buck: Sail Reaching Struts
It wouldn't be worthy of the label "marine grade" if the $1000 price tag wasn't for < $500 worth of parts.
Since I rarely fly the symmetrical spin on our boat I may just try to make one out of recycled parts from h'cane Sandy.
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