Originally Posted by Dockhead
6 meters or about 20 feet.
A whisker pole should be the same length as the foot of the sail being poled out. My 120% yankee's foot is about 24', which would be long enough, but that size Forespar pole goes up to 27'. Yes, it's a long one!!
I think it will not be very easy to set even at 24'. Topping lift
, guys, and a minimum number of skilled hands would be necessary.
But a pole is really necessary for all the reasons Paul mentioned, plus sailing DDW (as we sometimes do) is much simpler if the headsail can tolerate at least a few degrees of sailing by the lee, which it otherwise cannot, plus you get a much better shape.
The Forespar instructions tell you to set it this way, which requires no effort beyond lifting the pole (and not even that, if the pole is on a mast
Furl the jib
Attach the pole to the mast
bracket, and lay the other end on the lifelines
Attach the topping lift
(I use the spinnaker
Pass the jib
sheet through the end of the pole.
Adjust pole to the required length.
Note that all these steps have been done with no load on the pole.
Now you just have to unfurl the jib, the sheet passes through the end of the pole.
Furl the jib before a gybe or tack, then unfurl on the other tack. (if it's longer than J, you have to shorten it then extend it again)
No manhandling of the pole while under load is necessary at any point.