Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Pole takedown

Mark Erdos

Furl the sail.

Slowly ease the blue rope while keeping the red rope taut (moving the pole aft)

When the outer end of the pole is within reach of the boat hook place the boat hook on the red rope at the attachment point and push out.

Release the blue rope and pull on the red rope while pushing out with the boat hook (at the outer end of the pole)

Lock the pole to the rail and detach the colored ropes and jib sheet.

I do not see how the pole hit your hull. The top line (white) should prevent the pole from going that low. We adopted the method above because the pole crashed into the rail once. No damage was done but I was awakened by the speed that the pole slammed back.

Hope this helps.

With best regards,



Sailing Yacht: Cream Puff

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Sent: Sunday, November 01, 2015 9:56 PM
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Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Pole takedown

Thanks Kent and Mark.

Kent, I find that the angle where I can maintain control of the blue line goes down as the wind speed increases. Around 20 knots apparent, there is little control after about 10 degrees aft of perpendicular. Is this consistent with your experience? I try easing the sheet but at that wind speed, there is still lots of pressure on the sail and therefore on the sheet at the shiv. In fact, the pole starts to move forward.

Mark, how exactly do you use the boat hook?

I have had two episodes of drama. Once in the middle of the night I lowered the pole, started a takedown and it crashed loudly on the hull. Needless to say, the shock to the sleeping crew was not appreciated. Second time, I raised the pole and it crashed against a shroud. Most recently, I have started bending two halyards to the rail just abeam the dodger, raising the pole, and then gradually releasing the blue line. With this method, the pole hits the halyards and stops less abruptly and with less potential for damage. But I keep thinking there must be a better way.

Thanks gents. Much appreciated.

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