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Spinnaker Pole Tube
Can anyone tell me how to get hold of a length of Al tube for a spinnaker pole. The suppliers I have spoken to only stock grade 6060 T5 in OD 32. I don't think that is strong enough and have been trying to get a 6061 T6 OD32(1 1/4") thickness 2.4 mm (0.095"). Any feedback on what grade and size others are using would be helpful as well.
Craig10-May-2007    Edit    Delete 
Re: Spinnaker Pole Tube
either have a sleeve in your pole or have a bridle bridle personaly is best
10-May-2007    Edit    Delete 
Re: Spinnaker Pole Tube
Capral Aluminium T83 drawn tube is available in a range of sizes. I purchased 6 metres recently for my son's sharpie, wanting strength without the cost of a Proctor pole. Give your local Capral office a call.
You may have to buy 6 metres - this will give 2 friends a chance to buy a pole off you. The rules let you have a 2260 (including fittings) pole but 2 metres (plus fittings)is long enough.
On my 125 I run a pole launcher with the pole lift at the outer end of the pole. Very little strain on the centre of the pole means a light gauge is OK, however I recommend a reasonably large OD as diameter gives strength with little mass, whereas wall thickness adds a lot of weight.
Don Barnett SA
Don Barnett11-May-2007    Edit    Delete 
Re: Spinnaker Pole Tube
Can you use carbon fibre on just the spinniakar pole ?? I know you cant use it on masts and booms but i thought we could have carbon poles. very light strong and you can get a complete pole with fittings for around $180
Jeff Purcell11-May-2007    Edit    Delete 
Re: Spinnaker Pole Tube
Hi Jeff,
Carbon fibre should be o.k for the spinnaker pole.

rule 4.4a The material and fittings used for spinnaker poles and whisker poles are optional. (Wood, metal or any fibre reinforced plastic may be used). Poles may be made with sealed ends to ensure they will float.
Damian Wright13-May-2007    Edit    Delete 

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