Whisker pole for jib

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RangerTim
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Whisker pole for jib

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I have a small jib that Mark Balogh made a long time ago for Jon Waterman. I have played around with it a few times with less than satisfying results. When close hauled the jib works well. I have been able to run wing on wing a couple of times. At points of sail in between the jib does more harm than good. I need a whisker pole to move the jib clew further outboard than I can hold it with my outstretched arm.

Any thoughts as to what I might use for a lightweight telescoping pole and how I might attach it to both sail and mast? I have a boat hook modified with a spinnaker pole end that I use as a tiller, but it seems much too heavy.
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Re: Whisker pole for jib

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Two options I have used. Both telescoping, so that you can adjust them, and easier to fit in/on the boat.

1. Best option to date - good quality telescoping boat hook from a marine vendor. Undid the boat hook end, added a snap hook on a loop of line fastened thru a hole in the end of the pole to attach to the jib foot. Other end of the pole has similiar arrangement for fastening to mast or deck fitting. I have used this for about five years now.

2. Cheaper option - telescoping paint roller pole from the hardware store. Inside mechanism eventually rusted out.
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Re: Whisker pole for jib

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Thanks. A sailing friend has given me a telescoping paint roller, which I was considering using as a tiller. I'll give that a try with loops.
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