I seem to be in the habit of bending the daylights out of ring-style cars.
Admittedly, the problem is user error - I tend to be a bit of a caveman when deploying the pole short handed. Sometimes it wants to twist, and then the ring bends, then it wants to twist more. Looks like i tend to get about 5 years out of one before its disfigured.
This is a heavy (thought small) cruising boat
and the pole lives on the mast
when not in use, which probably contributes to the twisting when first deployed. No end-for-end gybes for me, only gybe by dipping the pole.
I have a 1-1/4" aluminum
track on the mast
I've been using the forespar RC-125 which i think is the beefiest of this kind https://www.forespar.com/product320.html
Do people like the FC-125 "flange style" car? it's marvelously expensive compared to the ring car, but it looks like it would tolerate twisting better.
I'd be willing to change to pole end to the fancy pinned kind when replacing the car this time - those look like they don't care if the pole twists a lot- is that what everyone is in love with these days?
IE the T-125:
opinions and advice much appreciated - thanks!