If any one can help, once again it is greatly appreciated!.....
I am re-rigging my spin. pole which I received from Rondar without end fittings or rigging for Up/Down, or stowing system....
I understand the concept of using the bungie, have done it before, but I have never used the Proctor "tapered" pole.
Does anyone have a suggestion for "fittings" or "holders" that are used to keep the pole from rattleing or hanging off the boom? I know many use PVC end caps, some use hooks and eye straps, and some also use velcro.
I was really wondering if there is a panacea for the stowage of the Spin pole??? Someone surely has developed this and could save me a bunch of headaches.
Cheers and thanks again!
Charleston, South Carolina/Norfolk, Virginia
I hope this makes some kind of sense, please contact me if it doesn't.
BTW I use a weird permutation of the fly away system.
Simon J Lake
GBR8635 and GBR8494
Ali explained some neat shock cord system he has on 8263. Maybe Ali or Allan (hint) could explain it to us. I think it runs from the boom near the vang attachment point, up to somewhere on the mast and down the other side. I think the pole rests against the shock cord. Not totally sure how it works, but it sounds cool.
@1.5 foot section of 3/16" pre-stretch from the small hole in the mainsail tack (stopper knot on stbd side) then over the top of the pole (easily pictured with pole in launched position) and back down to a bungee chord running through a block near front of boom and back to aft end of boom where it is tied. The block simply attaches to a shackle on the underside of the boom via a small piece of line so that it essentially "floats" next to the boom. When the pole is launched, the bungee extends over the top of the pole and near the fitting at the mast. When the pole is retracted, slight tension on the prestretch from the bungee keeps the pole from falling to leeward and getting hooked on the jib sheets.
We just intalled this system and I will be trying it out for the first time tomorrow. I don't see why it shouldn't work, but who knows. One note - the long section of bungee is key here to keep the bungee from getting too tight when the pole is launched. If the bungee is too tight, the pole will be pulled aft when launched before the spinnaker can keep it forward.
I think I have the same system. The shock cord passes through a hole in the boom about a foot (maybe a little more) aft of the gooseneck and is deadended with a knot on the inside of the boom (if you have a boom such that you can't accomplish this, a pair of padeyes might be a better solution). From here it goes up through the cunningham eye and back down to another hole located the same distance from the gooseneck, but on the other side of the foot of the mainsail. The holes should be on the top of the boom close to the sailtrack to keep the pole up on top of the boom. The shockcord runs at about a 45 degree angle to the mast and boom. The pole just comes back and drops inside the shockcord. The aft end of the trolly should be far enough forward that the forward end of the pole doesn't come any farther than an inch or two aft of the mast (otherwise this system doesn't work)
You also need something to keep the pole all the way back when it is stowed. A second bungie, shorter than the carriage bungie, is tied at a 45 degree angle from the vang up to the pole fitting on the mast. Stow the pole beind this.
If you have a bare pole without fittings, you can mount them using little screws, but I prefer to use aluminum pop rivets. Much more secure, but you will need a drill to remove them.
cheers -- Rick Leir
Which system do you want to use?
I use the double sided trolley, but will probably try the pole launcher with shockcord retract single side later this year.
7200 & 8263
USA Fleet 19, Northern Chesapeake Bay
On my boat, the pole is held to the boom by a piece of 4mm Prestretch.
This is exactly the same length as the distance from the rear of the boom
to the mast. At one end it is attached to the stowed end of the pole. The
other end passes directly through the aft end of the boom with a block on
it inside the boom. Inside the boom is a piece of heavy shock cord (8mm)
that attaches to the block on the prestretch at one end, and passes all the
way down the boom round a fixed block and back to the rear. this pulls the
prestretch double inside the boom and holds the pole tight against it.
The advantage with this is that the heavier shockcord stops the pole
bouncing and catching the helm around the neck on the tacks!!
Hope this makes sense!