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Re: Installing a whisker pole track
1" track would be too small for me to use on a 42' boat. That's hardware more appropriate for an under 30' boat.
Have a 12-22 Forespar Line Control Whisker Pole on our boat. The 2 1/2" into 3" pole pretzaled when extended out to about 18' on the 135% Genoa. Sail sure set nicely on our 35' boat. Unfortunately the pole was flexing a bit and gave up the ghost at 0 dark 30 on a moonless night after two days. Might want to limit the extension of the pole or at least monitor and reel it in if the pole is showing signs of flexing. Set the boat up so the whisker pole could be stored on the face of the mast but decided to keep it on deck for long passages. Was great to have it on the mast daysailing as the lift was already attached and it was super easy to clip on the gennys sheet when sailing downwind. Definitely do not reccomend using the line control whisker pole on a spinnaker. They just aren't built to take the compression loads of a spinnaker. Used the roller furling to set up the pole. Reel in the sail, attach the pole to the sheet and reel it back out.
Last edited by roverhi; 09-13-2016 at 01:22 AM.