Originally Posted by rhr1956
UPDATE! In case this might help anyone...I found Metal Supermarkets locally here in Dallas. I bought an 11 foot 2-1/2" O.D. alluminum tube 6061 T6 in .065 wall thickness for $44. The same tube from marine stores online was as high as $253 with a shipping charges of over $100. So with a couple of end fittings from West Marine for $104 each, I will have a "store bought" type spinnaker pole for $250. I think thats a pretty good outcome.
I did almost exactly the same thing. 10.5' 6061 T6 tube from Online Metals for $50 or so, then I scored on two new Seldon end fittings at the used marine parts
place for $85 for the pair, then another $40 or so for the cable, fittings, bits and pieces to make up the bridles and trigger line, and I'm in for under $200. ... 'course, right after I built it I found the perfect used carbon fiber pole on Craigslist for $150!