Originally Posted by Troubadour52993
For those of you with a reaching strut - does it have its own foreguy and afterguy to keep it perpendicular to the boat? .
A Jockey Pole has a gooseneck clipped onto a U bolt on the mast
. The other end is clipped to the spinnaker
brace (aft-guy) and it holds the pole from hitting the forestay. in a broach it might come up a bit but shouldnt go too far unless the poles kicker
(fore-guy) is let off.
The jockey poles fore and aft positioning is best done by bum bumping it to perpendiculer. It will stay there, usually.
If there is a problem with it you must head
deeper downwind. The main problem is, of course, its designed for letting you reach closer to the wind than the sail plan is designed for.
They are simple and easy to use, but I dont see why a cruiser needs the last few degrees of a close reach when the slightest puff could make your broach......... Broaching is only good on other peoples boat
It doesn't matter for all the noise
of fittings popping when someone else is paying. And it generally means, in a race
, that the goose who's broaching ain't gunna win!