A whisker pole allows boats to sail deeper angles with the genoa without the genoa getting caught behind the main sail. This is advantageous not only to the racing sailor sailing downwind but also for cruising sailors looking for and easier and more comfortable ride off the wind.
A common question is "what is the difference between a whisker pole and a spinnaker pole?". The most obvious difference is that whisker poles are used for genoas and jibs while a spinnaker pole is used for a spinnaker. There are other differences as well. Whisker poles are sized to match the size of the foot of the sail that they are working, while spinnaker poles are sized to match the distance from the mast to the bow, also known as the boats "J" dimension. Because of this, Whisker Poles tend to be signifficantly longer than spinnaker poles for the same boat. To help accomadate storing a long pole, many sailors choose to use a telescoping whisker pole. Telescoping whisker poles also have the added advantage of working with multiple sails and on any point of sail or wind speed. A telescoping whisker pole can also be used as a spinnaker pole when set to the boat's "J"dimension.
About Forespar Whisker Poles
Forespar makes aluminum whisker poles, carbon whisker poles and whisker poles that are a combination of both. All full size Forespar Whisker poles use Line Control, a proven concept in telescoping whisker pole design. So unique, that full patent protection has been secured by Forespar.
The Forespar line control system is simple, and makes the extension and retraction of whisker poles quick and easy. And most amazing of all...the entire operation can be executed while being positioned at the mast. It is no longer necessary to go forward to adjust buttons of any kind - simply uncleat the line and extend or retract (never attempt to adjust while under load). The cleat is conviently located close to the inboatd end of the pole. Extending a Forespar whisker pole is quick and easy even with the largest poles.
Forespar Carbon Whisker poles allow for significant weight savings and are available in all carbon and carbon/ aluminum whisker pole versions. Forespar Twist lock whisker poles are a great affordable headsail handling solution for small sailboats. The twist lock whisker poles are speced for boats up to 28 feet.
About Forte Carbon Whisker Poles
Fote Carbon whisker poles are made to order and are available with lenths extending 28' on a 55 foot boat. These carbon fiber whisker poles are the perfect solution for the large cruising or racing boat that is looking for excellent downwind performance in addition to weight savings.
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