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Re: New guy question of the day: identifying a whikper pole vs. Spinnaker pole
Spinnaker poles are usually approximately the dimension from the base of the mast to the attachment point of the forestay. Whisker poles are considerably longer. Spinnaker poles are larger diameter. Whisker poles are often adjustible in length. Whisker poles rarely have hooks with a pin that holds it to the sheet. Whisker poles are rarely set with a bridle for a lift or a foreguy. Spinnaker poles usually have hooks with pins (at least at one end, topping lift and foreguy attachment points. If the pole has.a. Hook with retainer pin and a 'bell fitting' or locking pin at the mast, you can be certain it's a Spinnaker poles.
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