No Peter you are not wrong. The inwards pressure on the pole can be
considerable and the focal point of this pressure is six feet above
the step. When the weld on my same side lower spreader failed whilst
using only the port side pole, the mast crumpled around the pole
Significantly when I accepted the boat back from Amel after repairs,
the Amel representative sailing with me said that in strong winds it
would be a good idea to rig poles on both sides to lessen the side
thrust on the mast.
I remember someone pointing out to me before I owned an Amel that
the pole design was not a good idea due to the loads being so high
up the mast. I believe that Amel learnt from my mishap and did away
with the concept on the 54 by attaching the poles at the foot of the
Ian Shepherd SM2K Crusader (2003) Larnaca Cyprus
I have always swung both poles out whether or not I use
the two, since I seem to remember, during training, that
Olivier had stated that too much pressure on one side of
the mast was a bad idea. Am I wrong in this?
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On 3 Nov 2015, at 03:38, 'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@...
All good techniques. The key is
that someone needs to be prepared to "catch"
the pole when the blue line is eased.
like to lower the pole about 1-2 feet before
easing the blue line, so that when the pole
comes toward the boat it is about 6" to 1' above
the rail, then we lower it and hook it to the
rail on the inside of the rail. I usually ease
the blue line, while Judy pulls on the sheet and
red line and is prepared to catch. I also help
with the catching with one hand. I have done
this alone...you should practice this while at
anchor with crew members.
Getting the long pole to swing out while
someone is pulling on the blue line takes
practice. If there is some roll to the boat,
use the roll to your advantage...and always
make sure that the swivel block on the bitter
end of the long pole is horizontal...if not,
you will have a difficult time getting it to