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Date Posted: - Monday - 02/10/14 - 1:50pm
Author: Randall, Murre, M31
Subject: Murre's Whisker Pole
In reply to: Carolyn 's message, "Mariner 31 whisker pole size ?" on - Saturday - 01/11/14 - 8:35am

Murre's is a one piece, aluminum pole. Came with the boat. Heavy: a bit of a bear to work in a seaway. Am not on the boat and so don't know exact length. Can measure next I'm there, but from memory it is about the J length or a little longer. I remember this because when clipped to the mast at about shoulder height, its outward end would not quite get around the jib stay/bow pulpit. I always had to completely take it down to shift tacks.

What are you using the pole for? I ask because given my 110% jib, my pole was just a tiny bit too short. Another foot of extension would have allowed me to flatten the sail and/or run the pole further off the shrouds. As it was I had to pull the pole as far aft as possible and so had to take great care to keep it off the shrouds. I only ever flew the spinnaker a couple times; that's the sail for which the pole was designed, I think, but am not much into spinnakers as a singlehander.


Link to photo of pole in action: http://murreandthepacific.com/#jp-carousel-2648

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[> [> Wisker Pole measurement ... another says... -- Randall, - Friday - 02/28/14 - 1:49am

Was reading another board tonight and found this possibly helpful comment re Spinnaker pole measurement. The poster is discussing a Westsail 32 whose pole length is 18 feet:

The "J" measurement of the W-32 is 18' 0". That is how the pole length was determined. If you only cruise, you can use any length you want at any time. If you ever race and are ever rated with a spinnaker then your pole length can not excede the "J" measurement without a penalty.

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