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Re: T30 ...spinnaker pole... And short pole next to it...
You dont see many reaching struts nowadays. First the symmetric spinnaker has fallen out of popularity, most racing is done with asyms. Secondly use a set to tweakers provide the same benefit as the reaching strut without the hardware and hassle. When set, the tweaker pulls the aftguy out and down to the rail and is a commonly used solution. Harken
Put the strut on Ebay.
Ah... Not quite. The reaching strut changes/increases the angle of the guy at the outboard end of the pole which reduces the amount of load needed to provide the transverse (or lateral) force vector at the pole end to control the pole's horizontal position. That dramatically reduces the imposed compression load on the spinnaker pole and mast at the point of connection of the pole. Again--the strut functions just like a spreader. To reduce compression loads. A "tweaker" merely changes the angle between the pole end and the guy turning block which is normally at or just aft of the beam max.
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