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

Originally Posted by CleveRland Sailor View Post
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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