I need to make up a spinnaker
pole for my yacht which is a steel ketch
rigged cruising boat. A Roberts Offshore
38 to be exact. I have a 1-1/4" t-track on the front of the mast
already to allow vertical storage
. The required pole will be 4.2m (13' 9") long, and I am planning to use 80mm (3.15") aluminium tube.
For the outboard
end I question whether paying the cost premium for a fitting with an internal trip line is worth it for a cruising boat of this size. In Australia
the locally produced Ronstan end fitting (eg RF1663 - see attached picture) is a fraction of the cost of an internal trip line type (eg Forespar Grand Prix or Ultra Series) that I would need to buy in from the USA.
For the inboard end what is peoples experience with fittings & cars to work with vertical storage
. It seems the most popular is either Forespar TS Series Socket End with a toggle car, or using Forespars FC-125 Heavy Duty Car along with a normal spinnaker
pole end fitting. Do people have views on these options or perhaps have any other suggestions?