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Spinnaker Poles

Built light and tough!

Sizes FCT100 – FCT300 (1” ID to 3” ID) come standard with a center point pick – D rings lashed to the center of the pole eliminating the hassle of bridles. These poles are specifically engineered to withstand the bending loads of the center point pick.

For spinnaker poles Sizes FCT300 – FCT400 (typical boat size 37’ and larger) poles can be built straight or with a single taper. These poles are usually used as dip-gybe poles, and come with a standard topping lift attachment at the outboard end fitting. We also manufacture lager custom carbon fiber spinnaker poles for boats 55’ and larger. Please call 860-464-5221 to discuss the details of your boat.

 

Standard Finishes

All of our carbon spinnaker poles come standard with a black epoxy finish showing the carbon weave pattern. This is a grippy surface, which is great for pole handling. The epoxy finish will chalk and fade in the sunlight if it’s stored on deck without a cover. This is not so much a structural problem, but the pole won’t look as good after a couple of years. We offer an optional 2-part polyurethane paint system on any of our poles. This can be had in either clear, which shows off the carbon nicely, or any color of your choosing.

 

 

Fittings

Standard end fittings are either Forespar end fittings or Selden end fittings, depending on the pole size. Harken, Sparcraft, Ronstan, or any other end fittings can be installed upon request. Also, it’s usually possible to reuse your existing end fittings.

 

 

Trip Lines

Trip lines for external trip style end fittings are typically tied together and run through the center point pick ring (when applicable). These can be run as two separate lines or with twing balls upon request.

Trip lines for trigger style end fittings (internal trip) exit through Harken sheaves on both ends of the pole for each end fitting. For example: a dip pole with one trigger end fitting on the outboard end will have a trip line exiting on the top of the pole approximately 18” from the outboard trigger end, and another trip line on the bottom of the pole 18” from the inboard end (near the mast). Poles with two trigger end fittings (one on each end) will have two trip line exits at each end of the pole. The top trip line will activate the end fitting at that end of the pole and the bottom trip line will activate the end fitting at the opposite end of the pole… got it? This is our standard way of rigging the pole, just let us know if you prefer something different.

 

Please review our spinnaker pole chart and retail price list for more information

Please call 860-464-5221 to discuss the details of your boat.