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T30 ...spinnaker pole... And short pole next to it...

I have a 1971 Tartan 30. The spinnaker pole so mounted on deck and right next to it is a short pole barely 1/4 length of the spinnaker pole. Does anyone know what it is used for?

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Re: T30 ...spinnaker pole... And short pole next to it...

Reaching strut
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Re: T30 ...spinnaker pole... And short pole next to it...

Thanks for your reply! I am not sure how I would use a reaching strut. Any light you can ahead on the subject is appreciated!
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Re: T30 ...spinnaker pole... And short pole next to it...

Never use mine, but it attaches to the mast and holds the guy out when using the spinnaker on a reach.
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Thanks for your reply! I am not sure how I would use a reaching strut. Any light you can ahead on the subject is appreciated!
When "reaching" with a spinnaker, the pole must be so far forward that the after-guy is nearly straight back, nearly parallel to the axis of the pole and so rendered nearly worthless. The reaching strut is attached to the mast and laid against the guy and pushed aft, perpendicular to the guy, forcing the guy out and away from the pole and making it more effective, in the same manner that a spreader holds a shroud away from a mast increasing the angle between the mast and shroud at the mast head.

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Re: T30 ...spinnaker pole... And short pole next to it...

Thank you for the information on the reaching strut!
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Re: T30 ...spinnaker pole... And short pole next to it...

I've never seen a reaching strut used with a spin but it makes sense.
Not that I do a lot of spinnaker class racing.

I find it interesting that Harken's website showing how to set up a "cruising spinnaker" does not include a reaching strut. Harken

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I find it interesting that Harken's website showing how to set up a "cruising spinnaker" does not include a reaching strut. Harken
A cruising chute will not have a loaded guy like a symmetrical, so there's no issue with a bad angle, nor the chafe on the shroud that is the other major item addressed by the strut.

That said, my Asymm tack line chafed badly when I used it through and under a spare bow roller so I'll have to rethink that plan...

But no need for a strut or pole of any kind with an Asymm unless you want to try to improve your DW angles with a regular Spinn pole. The strut wasn't necessary until the pole was approaching the forestay.

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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.

Note also the crewman/woman securing the strut to the shroud. This is a good idea provided there is chafe protection on the pole to protect both the pole and the shroud, and, provided the material used for the restraint can "break away". For that we use a length of Velcro one-wrap.

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