I'm sure glad I didn't see the Sailnet store listing, because that pole is exactly what I have on my 25' boat, and I'm glad I bought it four years ago.Howdy, all..
I'd like to get a whisker pole for our Pearson 26. There's a track and car for one on the mast. I'm assuming this is for a spin...Would something like this do the trick?
FORESPAR Twist Lock Telescoping Whisker Pole , Adjustable 6'-12' Latch Spike, 134"L | West Marine
EDIT: Ok, I just saw that the Sailnet store offers this pole, too, but includes more info than on the WestMarine site; it clearly states that this pole is meant for 16' or smaller boats, or up to a 22' max in light winds only. So much for that pipe dream..
Don't sell yourself short. You're asking exactly the right questions.Ok... Ok... there it is again.. that "MAN, am I a bumbling idiot who can't understand anything" feeling... <grin>....Minnesail, the pole you linked to is the first one I mentioned in my original post; I think it's undersized for a 26' boat, per Forespar's and SailNet's sites. Too bad.. the price is right. Weinie, the one you suggested is the one Forespar recommends for my boat, but it's still well north of $400....
I was thinking exactly the same way you are. I looked for a Craigslist bargain, but the fact is you can go a whole season before finding the right thing at a decent price. I refused to spend $400 new for something that I thought would likely be overkill. But I was willing to risk wasting $100 ($120 - $20 WM discount coupon) for the new medium duty pole that you linked on the off chance it might work. And it did! I recommend getting the one with latches on both ends, and attach a messenger line to the one the outboard one for easy detaching.
Some important points:
- I don't go offshore, and sail in pretty moderate conditions. YMMV
- I am very careful to avoid backwinding the jib, which could potentially buckle the pole.
- I only have a 110 genoa, so that might reduce the length of pole that I need. But in my use, I've never come close to extending it the full 12' length. In fact, I only extend it by about a foot beyond the fully retracted 6' length.
- Ulladh (a member here) showed me a neat trick where you adjust the pole just short enough to avoid hitting the furler and attach it to a loop on the clew (something else that people here will tell you never to do). Then you can move the headsail from side to side (or furl the sail) without going forward. You lose a little sail extension, but gain a lot of ease-of-use.
- With this shorter length, sail trim is pretty good on a broad reach, so you can leave it there even when you aren't DDW.
- The cheaper pole is light enough that you don't need a topping lift, which makes it much easier to deploy and retrieve.
- The cheaper pole stores very easily on the aft berth right under my cockpit.
One of the things that I've learned on Sailnet is that these guys are really good at spending my money. Bigger/better anchor, more chain, fatter antenna wire, larger tanks, fancier halyards, etc... It never ends. Sometimes you just need to decide that you're going to limit your spending and settle for "good enough." That's what I did with the whisker pole.