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Re: Where would the end of the spinnaker pole downhaul be?
Posted by rick on 9/7/2006, 6:40 am, in reply to "Where would the end of the spinnaker pole downhaul be?"
: Having managed to get KC3067 to float
: again after 15 years, I am dreaming
: of sailing it under the spinnaker,
: perhaps next year. (This year I am
: dreaming of getting it sailing!
: Upright would be nice, but sailing
: will count.)
: I have a double-ended spinnaker
: pole, and I assume there must be
: some way to stop the outer end of
: the pole from rising straight up
: into the air when the spinnaker is
: attached. However, I cannot see any
: obvious point on either the hull or
: the mast where one would attack a
: block to take a spinnaker pole
: What should I be looking for, and
: where should I be looking?
: (And perhaps I should take a picture
: or two and post them on a simple web
: site I have experimented with!)
Most rigs use a simple shock cord downhaul to keep the pole from skying. The shockcord is attached to the uphaul where the pole is attached. THe other end of the shockcord is either routed through a block set into the front of the mast just above the deck level and back up the inside of the mast to an anchor point by the spreaders, or though a thru-deck fairlead just in front of the mast, down to the base of the mast and then anchored near the back of the centreboard trunk.
You need to select the correct size shockcord (diameter and length) to provide enough resistance to stop the pole skying, and stretch enough to allow the pole to be set easily. Usually, something like 1/4" medium shockcord works.
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