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Hope the photos work.
This is the mast side socket for the Spinnaker pole on our 1970 Dufour Arpege.

Something is missing, but I am not sure exactly what. I think there used to be some kind of spring loaded pin to hold the pole in, but last year when we went to fly the chute I realized it was missing/lost over the winter.

Anyone know the manufacturer? Any chance of getting a spare part for this 50 year old boat?

Does anyone have the same hardware that you can send a photo of so I can figure out what's​ missing and either find or make a spare part?

Or can I replace the fitting entirely (will other fittings work with the existing pole ends)?

Thanks.
~fortunat



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Looks like there should be a locking lever of some sort in that raised housing with the hole. Can you post a pic of the pole end?

May well be difficult to find parts, likely euro to begin with.
 

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Why would you want to replace this? Your current set-up is for a dip pole jibe. For a boat with only a 10'6" J, an end for end pole set up makes a heck of a lot more sense and a lot less complicated. You would need 2 trigger end fittings, bridle lines, and a new track car with ring. Finding parts for an outdated receiver socket might be impossible.
 

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Why would you want to replace this? Your current set-up is for a dip pole jibe. For a boat with only a 10'6" J, an end for end pole set up makes a heck of a lot more sense and a lot less complicated. You would need 2 trigger end fittings, bridle lines, and a new track car with ring. Finding parts for an outdated receiver socket might be impossible.
Actually the current pole is symmetrical and so can be used end for end too.

I'll snap a photo tomorrow when I get out to the boat, which delightfully like, is now in the water!

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Hard to believe that an end-for-end pole could work at all with that dip pole fitting.. If you've got an end-for-end pole I'd nix that fitting for a normal sliding ring.
 

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Hard to believe that an end-for-end pole could work at all with that dip pole fitting.. If you've got an end-for-end pole I'd nix that fitting for a normal sliding ring.
Here are some photos of the pole end. Both ends look the same.
Clearly the 'socket' used to have some kind of pin that fit into the groove in the pole end and thus held the pole in place.

But as faster says, since the pole is symmetrical, it may be easier to just buy a new sliding ring than to figure out how to fix or replace that 45 year old fitting. Any reason that wouldn't work?


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Yup... something like this should do you fine, and should be readily available, just be sure it will fit your track.

Alternatively you could fit a fixed ring on the mast and do just fine too..


 

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We use a slider ring at the mast for the spinnaker pole on our J/36. It's held up flying the chute in 25+ knots, though when it's blowing that hard we don't do end-for end gybes -- we dip the pole instead.
 
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