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    E38 Spinnaker Pole

    My friend has a forespar 10-18 spinnaker pole for sale. 2 -2 1/2 inches diameter.

    Would this be good for wing on wing with 130% Genoa on a e38? I don't plan on going through the hassle of a spinnaker but it would be nice to have a pole to hold the sail out on downwind adventures.

    My boat has a spinnaker attachment point on the mast and a bracket on the deck. Should I buy this or get a line control setup?


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    I just bought a Forespar LC10-18 whisker pole for my E32 last year. Says it's for boats up to 33ft. I'm thinking too small for an E38.
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    That does look at bit skinny for the job.

    Forespar lists recommendations.

    https://www.forespar.com/whisker2011.shtml#E_LIST


    I chose this Velocity 12-22 line control pole, "maximum boat length 36 feet" :

    https://www.forespar.com/product831.html

    It's one size down frm recommended but does the job. Tube width is 3 /3.5.

    Carbon fiber is a luxury (light, which singlehanders need), but "line control" is more important, if you can budget for it.

    The J of the E38 is 16'. The pole length is often 20' for a 120 genoa, and can be much longer for a larger genoa or for setting forward of the bow.

    My opinion is that we definitely need a robust, extendable whisker pole, and spinnaker poles don't work. But for a whisker pole old and beat up aluminum is fine, and the button system is a lot cheaper than line control. I use piston fittings at both ends, not the recommended socket at the mast.

    A mast track and movable car is a good idea, but a fixed ring on the mast also works --especially if you usually will be setting the same genoa, where the clew height is always the same no matter what the degree of furling.
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    Be careful. The E-34 measurements are not for the 34-2. Use the 35-3 measurements to get the right pole sizes.
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    Thanks guys. Much appreciated. Christian, What was the weight difference between the Cadillac carbon fiber and the GMC aluminum pole?
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    I think the CF pole is 12 lbs. and the aluminum about 20.

    That's a whisker pole you're showing in the photo, not a spinnaker pole. Spinnaker poles don't extend.
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    Smile

    Thanks Christian! I have a lot to learn.
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    I badly need a whisker pole for my genoa, but aluminum is too heavy and carbon is too expensive. I plan to adopt a solution that I have seen around my marina: using a fiberglass sailboard mast, with appropriate fittings. I haven't actually done it, so I offer this for what its worth.
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    Sent you a pm, Dave.

    EDIT: the pole has been sold. Thank you for the connection!
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