Originally Posted by UNCIVILIZED
So then, what happens the first time you take a wave over the bow, & the pole's strapped to the deck? I mean like real green water, say going upwind in 15-20kts+
Hmmmmm.....my previous boat, a racer/cruiser, had a 17' spin pole mounted to the starboard deck along the rail with deck mounts that used the pins on the poll
to secure it. I can remember spending entire days going to wind
in abysmal conditions ( the things you do for a 50 cent plastic trophy) with the deck disappearing into every other wave just about up to the dodger
and the last thing I worried about was loosing the poll
. More concerning was having enough crew who weren't puking over the side to do sail changes.
When it was in use it was attached to several lines, topping lift, downhaul, sheets
, loosing it was pretty unlikely. Never lost
one and don't really think it's a problem unless the person deploying is a total dunderhead. Dropping it overboard at the dock
is probably more likely.
is good in one way, it forces people to do multiple sail changes and set ups on a regular basis, this helps develop good practices and burns proper practices into our feeble little minds.
You attach the downhaul and topping lift BEFORE deploying it, even if you loose your grip the worst that will happen is you'll scratch your shiny hull
when it wacks into it while swinging from the lines. Employing proper practices to all motions on a boat is important, it has to be well thought out before it takes place, especially in bad weather
, that goes for the back up plan to the back up plan too. Practice, practice, practice. Loosing a spin pole would take a concerted effort and be really embarrassing as well.
To be honest, I'm more worried about the spin pole on my new/old cruising boat, it's mounted to the mast on an extended spin pole track, which is a pretty neat storage
idea. BUT, and it's a big but, what happens if you loose the mast? If you loose the mast and your spin pole is deck mounted, at least you have the spin pole to stick in the stump of the mast to form a jury rig. If it's mast mounted you lose everything when the rig parts
ways with the boat. Think I'll be changing that setup.