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Whisker poles?

Aug 7, 2015
Oday 34 previous, O’Day 40 current Annapolis
Cold as hell here in MD & time to dawdle in obscurities; do any of you 34-35' types use a whisker pole? If so can you recommend a general length?

Oct 25, 2011
Island Packet IP31 Lake St. Louis, Montreal
Lou the rule of thumb for spinnaker poles was for the length to be equal to the J measurement (Tack fitting to mast base). The correct length for the whisker pole will depend on what sail is being poled out so an adjustable pole will be of most use.


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Nov 26, 2012
Hunter 34 Berkeley
It should be the length of the foot of the sail that you are using. That is why whisker poles are adjustable. If you got your 110 up in then its that length. If you are going with the 155 then you make it longer.

Dave Groshong

SBO Staff
Staff member
Jan 25, 2007
Catalina 22 Seattle
Minimum length is J=14, but I would check it, adjustable to the length of the foot of the sail.
Oct 7, 2008
Oday Oday 35 Chesapeake Bay
Mine is adjustable and works well with both the geny and spinnaker.