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Re: Spinnaker without a pole
The Catalina-22 has a J dimension of only 8 ft. Spinnaker poles are typically a 'scoch' larger than the J dimension. For a Cat-22 a ~9ft. aluminum spinn. pole of 1-1/2" dia. would be relatively insignificant in cost; most of the end connections/fittings are easily obtainable on the internet: mast ring connector (you really don't need a mast track for the spinn pole @ 8-9 ft. long, end fitting spring jaws, spinnaker sock, etc. etc. Hell, Sailrite.com has a kit for your your boats spinnaker for moderate $$ and you can reef the spinnaker with the 'sock' if needed.
For sail control, I recommend (all from the cockpit), a pole topping lift / downhaul, ... 'twing' lines that are terminated to plastic rings (the spinn sheets pass through the plastic rings) ... when the twings are pulled 'down' they act as a substitute for foreguys. Plus, I'd add deep grooved sheaves to the outboard side of base of the cap shrouds .... so sometimes instead of using the 'twings', simply place the windward spinn sheet under the windward roller mounted to the cap shroud, etc. etc.
All this is to keep the spinnaker STABLE under varying wind strengths and course angle .... the lower the wind speed, the lower the pole; and vice versa etc. If the symmetric is pinned to the stem or the forestay of the boat you're simply not going to have a STABLE spinnaker at other than very light wind speeds.
Consider to set up the boat properly to fly a symmetric spinnaker ... its not going to cost an arm and a leg for a boat with an 8 ft. "J" dimension; plus, you will have a STABLE spinnaker (not oscilating back and forth .... and driving you 'nuts'). Id suggest TWO LINE (spinn sheets) control with adjustable 'twings' to substitute for foreguys (used for 4 line control)..... and you'll find very quickly that you'll REALLY NEED to raise/lower that spinn pole to keep that spinnaker STABLE.
hope this helps.