Peter Lyle stops his genoa sheets catching on a stored spinnaker pole when tacking his Jeanneau 36i

Back in 2009 I fitted a spinnaker pole and track to the front of the mast of my Jeanneau 36i Albatross. Now, five years and more than 8,000 nautical miles later, I think I have at last perfected a way of stopping the genoa sheets from snagging around the lower end of the pole each time we tack.

The ingredients:

  • Pad eye, screwed to deck just forward of mast
  • Short length of plastic waste pipe
  • Loop of bungee running through the pipe with a clip at one end of the pipe and a plastic ball at the other
  • Rigging hook riveted on to spinnaker pole.

How it works
The plastic pipe is held in place (preventing the genoa sheets from  catching on the spinnaker pole) by the bungee, which is looped over the bottom end of the spinnaker pole.
The plastic ball stops the bungee from disappearing down the plastic tube when the pipe is not attached and the rigging hook stops the bungee from sliding down the pole. The clip is attached to the pad eye on the deck and this secures the lower end of the pipe.
Once fitted, it reliably prevents the genoa sheets from snagging on the lower end of the spinnaker pole when we tack. It’s quick and easy to remove when the spinnaker pole is being used.

Peter Lyle

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