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Hunter 26 mast raising pole (gin pole)

Discussion in 'Smaller Boats' started by jbreland, May 22, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,958 posts, 897 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    @Kermit
    Naw
    I just had to replace the foot
     


  2. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    4,621 posts, 1,806 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    I guess I thought the bent pole in the first picture was the mast. I was gonna come give you a nuggie like you’ve never had if it had been the mast and you weren’t gonna replace it.
     


  3. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,958 posts, 897 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    Right @Kermit
    That was the old pole. You’ve seen my boat since that incident.
     


  4. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
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    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    And a pretty boat it is. With a brand spanking new centerboard line!
     


  5. Crazy Dave Condon

    Crazy Dave Condon

    Joined Jun 8, 2004
    6,489 posts, 525 likes
    -na -NA
    US Anywhere USA
    Yeah but putting up with the two of you replacing centerboard lines was a whoot being with two wiley rabbits but fun
     


  6. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
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    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    And wet!
     

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  7. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
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    US Smith Mountain Lake
    A bad day messing around on a boat beats a good day at work.... and that wern’t a bad day
     


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  8. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    4,621 posts, 1,806 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    One of the highlights was finding out that Mr. Granger misprounces his own name! ;-) I wish I could have seen my expression. It must have been priceless.
     


  9. Ian M

    Ian M

    Joined Sep 22, 2016
    7 posts, 4 likes
    Hunter 260
    US Central Coast, CA
    James,

    If you want to stiffen up the pole, something I did on another project that worked really well was to get some wooden dowel rods that barely fit inside the metal gin pole, cover them in gorilla glue, then shove the dowel rods inside the metal gin pole. As the gorilla glue cures, its epands, locking the wooden dowel rods inside the metal tube. Based off my unoffical "bend the rod with my hand" test, I say it makes the gin pole at least 3 times more stiff. Another advatage to doing the wood dowel rods, is now your gin pole should float.

    Hope that helps.
     


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  10. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,958 posts, 897 likes
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    US Smith Mountain Lake
    I like it.... makes sense. Gorilla glue is a holy mess so if I try this, I'll wear rubber gloves for sure. I have not had trouble with my pole bending (that's what she said) but it sure can't hurt to over engineer something so critical.
     


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  11. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
    4,621 posts, 1,806 likes
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    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    You know what you got the Like for.
     


  12. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,958 posts, 897 likes
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    US Smith Mountain Lake
    You have mentioned .... a few times :p
     


  13. MaxinCalgary

    MaxinCalgary

    Joined Apr 8, 2013
    158 posts, 7 likes
    Hunter 260
    CN Nanaimo
    I found the pole a little to springy for my taste . A slight bend that all probably have and you watch it flex .
    1/2 inch conduit and a few wraps of masking tape near the ends and middle inserted in the pole and you have a much stiffer pole.
    Just be careful that you don't break something else raising the mast.
    I feel safer though with a stronger gin pole.