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    Default Rigging a whisker pole on gaff rig

    Question that's been bugging me for a while.

    Im building a gaff rig 22' boat which will have the customary lacing up the luff of mainsail.

    how do I rig a whisker pole?

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    Default Re: Rigging a whisker pole on gaff rig

    A plywood jaw that bites the mast, same as a boom jaw.
    or clips on a pole that clip to shroud.
    or a stick with a string that ties to something.
    (mostly avoid going dead downwind).

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    Default Re: Rigging a whisker pole on gaff rig

    I made one of them like Bruce says, out of western red cedar and gorilla glue, even hollowed out the centre with a core box bit. about 20 ft long.
    Girl with a boathook is a lot more fun though.

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    Default Re: Rigging a whisker pole on gaff rig

    As above, a gaff jaw. You can also consider robands rather than lacing -- I find it much more flexible to use on smaller boats.
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    Default Re: Rigging a whisker pole on gaff rig

    Yes of course a jaw, had my mind fixed on a fitting from bermudan days . Thanks.

    Thorne , what are robands?

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    I rig the jib clew with a knot that allows me to slip the end of my oar through and then the other end of the oar is notched so that it sits against the mast like a gaff jaw. This arrangement works very well and the pole is certainly a useful thing to have.

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    Default Re: Rigging a whisker pole on gaff rig

    Robands are pieces of line attached to the sail that either tie or toggle around the mast. I love 'em because I can leave the sail mounted on the boom, then attach it to the mast and raise it while in the water. YMMV



    Here are mine, which are cotton cord tied in square knots -


    As for the whisker pole, on my smaller boat I just glued & lashed a gaff jaw to the side of a bamboo pole, works fine and is very light.
    "The enemies of reason have a certain blind look."
    Doctor Jacquin to Lieutenant D'Hubert, in Ridley Scott's first major film _The Duellists_.

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    Default Re: Rigging a whisker pole on gaff rig

    Might be a good place for some dyneema soft shackles?
    Steve

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    Default Re: Rigging a whisker pole on gaff rig

    Exactly what I thought when I saw pic.

    on another topic Steve , do you have a picture of the inside of your port lights on your boat, bronze ones are way $$$$$ over the top. And yours look very nice.

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