I got rid of my sewer pipe spin pole 10 years ago in favor of a carbon fiber pole--and cannot believe I put up with all that bulk and danger
(you gotta admit that putting up a pole on a pitching deck
is one of the more dangerous things you do...) for all those years. In addition to it being lighter, the end fittings are composite and the jaws do not crud up and lock like the old aluminum and steel
piston arrangement used to. I looked into the option of building my own at the time and had Forespar make the whole thing because it was not really a lot more than the parts
. They made and assembled the bridles and release lines from some fiber that has stood up to the sun and looks great after 10 years. Works great. One of the 5 best improvements to my boat. By the way--it has been slammed against the forestay more times than I care to relate, buried in the water
a few times at high speed, and I have seen no sign of any problem with cracking or anything. I am a single
hander and IMHO it is a requirement for that if you are going to fly a chute or even for winging out the jenny with a pole.