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My Brackets and tracks

I have two brackets on the starboard as shown in the picture? Are these for Spinnaker poles, if not what are they for?

Each side has a small track right off the cockpit (About 1" by 2 ft). There are no cars on it Obviously my large track (2" by 10') with 2 cars, is for rigging the Genoa but what is the small track for?

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Re: My Brackets and tracks

I'd guess a Whisker Pole.
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Re: My Brackets and tracks

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I have two brackets on the starboard as shown in the picture? Are these for Spinnaker poles, if not what are they for?

Each side has a small track right off the cockpit (About 1" by 2 ft). There are no cars on it Obviously my large track (2" by 10') with 2 cars, is for rigging the Genoa but what is the small track for?

I have attached pictures.
The brackets are definitely spinnaker pole brackets. I have the same ones on my boat. While those might be usable for a whisker pole, whisker poles are usually adjustable and lighter duty and so I would think that it is less like that this was for a whisker pole.

The deck tracks are less clear cut. My best guess is that the tracks are the inboard genoa lead track. Normally there would be a track on the deck next to the coaming or cabin side that would allow a proper sheeting angle for a genoa when the boat is beating since the position at the rail would be too far outboard when going upwind on a beamy boat like an Allmand. Since the coaming extends almost all of the way to the gunnel, the tracks were installed on top of the coaming. There should be cars for that track.

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Great for a whisker pole.
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How does one distinguish deck storage brackets between a spinnaker and whisker pole?

I wish we had a pic from the aft, looking forward, of those coaming tracks. I find it interesting that there is a pad eye or cleat of some sort, so close to the track. Makes me wonder if there was a mod done here. Would it be possible that the sheet angle for a spinnaker was outside the limits of the winch and needed to be redirected? Although, I block would do and one wouldn't think they needed the track.


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Re: My Brackets and tracks

It occurs to me that the cockpit tracks may be for a binimi. We often see this on small motor boats and perhaps the PO copied that idea.
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How does one distinguish deck storage brackets between a spinnaker and whisker pole?
Typically, spinnaker poles sockets are more robust and have fatter pins for the jaws on the pole ends to engage with. Whisker poles are generally lighter duty and so have smaller pole ends, which when properly sized often will not not fit onto the fat rod in the socket for a spinnaker pole. Whisker poles are much longer than a spinnaker pole and so the storage sockets would need to be further apart. Whisker poles often have a jaw at one end and a pin at the other and so the two sockets are different (one with a large hole and the other with a pin for the jaws). And lastly, whisker poles are less robust than a spinnaker pole so they are generally not stowed on the deck where they can be damaged.

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The brackets are definitely spinnaker pole brackets. I have the same ones on my boat. While those might be usable for a whisker pole, whisker poles are usually adjustable and lighter duty and so I would think that it is less like that this was for a whisker pole.

The deck tracks are less clear cut. My best guess is that the tracks are the inboard genoa lead track. Normally there would be a track on the deck next to the coaming or cabin side that would allow a proper sheeting angle for a genoa when the boat is beating since the position at the rail would be too far outboard when going upwind on a beamy boat like an Allmand. Since the coaming extends almost all of the way to the gunnel, the tracks were installed on top of the coaming. There should be cars for that track.

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Agree with Jeff on the brackets: I have the same ones on my boat as well.
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Agree with Jeff on the brackets: I have the same ones on my boat as well.
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