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Old 12-05-2012, 14:05   #1
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Spinnaker Poles...Why so Expensive?

I need a pole 11' 6" and as I shop around I've contracted a serious case of sticker shock. A basic aluminum pole rig sells for $700 or more in the size I need. The prices I'm seeing don't seem justified. I have decided I'm going to have to make one myself. I think I can make one for about 1/2 the price. Am I missing something here?
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Old 12-05-2012, 14:11   #2
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Re: Spinnaker Poles...why so expensive?

Your having a laugh surely, $700 for a 11ft pole

I can't understand why these and liferafts are so expensive in the US. Can I suggest you make one for a 1/4 of the price using a former windsurfer mast as the start point. If you can find a dinghy pole with end fittings it will give you lots of options. E bay is another source.

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Re: Spinnaker Poles...why so expensive?

Because over here on our side of the world we are unlikely to buy a second one in the time we own the boat.
Over on Pete's side, with typical conditions, he will probably need at least two. Eh, Pete?
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FP304006 FP304106 UTR-250-UTR 15 11' 6"
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$665 at aps
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Re: Spinnaker Poles...why so expensive?

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I need a pole 11' 6" and as I shop around I've contracted a serious case of sticker shock. A basic aluminum pole rig sells for $700 or more in the size I need. The prices I'm seeing don't seem justified. I have decided I'm going to have to make one myself. I think I can make one for about 1/2 the price. Am I missing something here?
I have also found that these things seem to cost far more than even a seasoned boater would expect. I just recently looked into this for a 16 ft pole with 3.5in tube and it was around $900 and to build one I would have to put it together and still spend over $700. I ended up buying a used one at a consignment store in RI for $400 that is old but strong and in great shape. I will soon be in great shape from hoisting its 35 lbs.

For your length the tubing and ends would be less, but not super cheap, I am guessing around $4-500. Make certain you get marine grade aluminum tube, Forespar and others normally use 6061 or 6063, which I have read are about the same as far as sailors would be concerned... YMMV

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I need a pole 11' 6" and as I shop around I've contracted a serious case of sticker shock. A basic aluminum pole rig sells for $700 or more in the size I need. The prices I'm seeing don't seem justified. I have decided I'm going to have to make one myself. I think I can make one for about 1/2 the price. Am I missing something here?
I've just been quoted $2400 + 10% GST for a new mast mounted pole in Australia for a 42' boat. Does that make you feel better?
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Re: Spinnaker Poles...why so expensive?

Yous have clearly never walked 10 miles in the snow barefoot to get to school.

Checkout the price for one spinnaker pole end.
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There has to be a good business opportunity somewhere in this.

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Re: Spinnaker Poles...why so expensive?

We bought 2 new ends in kiwiland, they came at 50 USD each or thereabout (alloy cast, ss bolt). The tube down here comes at 50 USD per 3ft. Hence a pole would come at around 300-350 USD at 11'.

The challenge is how to buy less than one extrusion's length from those local guys.

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We bought 2 new ends in kiwiland, they came at 50 USD each or thereabout (alloy cast, ss bolt). The tube down here comes at 50 USD per 3ft. Hence a pole would come at around 300-350 USD at 11'.

The challenge is how to buy less than one extrusion's length from those local guys.

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Its usually the pole that needs replacing so keep the ends OK or find them cheap.

I stupidly wound the sheet on too much and put the pole across a stay. At the next marina, I went to buy some aluminium to replace it. I was asked "how did you bend the pole?". Naturally, I replied that there was quite a breeze blowing, just enough to bend the pole! Unfortunately, they believed me and I had to explain how daft I was.
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Re: Spinnaker Poles...why so expensive?

Just wondering why you don't take soft wood spar, some uniglass and epoxy and fasten to end pieces... ?? Anyway $700 is more what I'm planning to use for two masts, gaffs, some spars and a boomsprit.
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Re: Spinnaker Poles...why so expensive?

I used a leangth of bamboo,found on a beach in malaka for six years,2 s/s bolts epoxed in the ends,some bugger stole it in darwin
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Re: Spinnaker Poles...why so expensive?

Ive rigged a few for very little. At one time I was using a stout piece of pipe purchased from a local salvage yard for $7 a lb. for the ends I used eyebolts on either end with a block on one end. The other end was fastened to a line that ran from the mast to a cleat on the bow. To deploy I would attach the inboard end, run a line with a snap shackle to the sheet then draw it up with the mast winch. It worked quite well without struggle.
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Current issue of Good Old Boat has an article on a DIY pole using a good quality paint roller extension.

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