Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] mast pole for genoa
Bill Kinney <greatketch@...>
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I think the Secteur Blac people are giving you an answer without thinking.
A standard whisker pole would exert no more lateral force on the mast than the Amel pole. It does the same thing, so the forces are the same. Certainly the attachment fittings at the shrouds do not carry any part of the thrust load from the Amel poles. If I wanted to use standard whisker poles I would not hesitate to install them.
Are you sure you are setting up the Amel poles correctly? Has an experienced Amel sailor showed you how to rig them? I only ask because I find them MUCH easier to use and rig than the standard whisker pole I have used on my past boats. When set up as intended, they are very simple to handle, even for someone working alone. If you find them too heavy, you might be able to replace the aluminum sections with a carbon fiber tube and cut the weight dramatically.
SM #160, Harmonie