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