Storing the Whisker Pole
How do you keep the whisker pole on the boom? There are all sorts
of ways to do it. We got to our present system by trial and accident;
but it has proved trouble free for us. We have not lost a pole
with it and the pole goes up and down with no problems. The rear
pole supports on the boom are 1/8' aluminum, bent to shape and
pop-riveted to the boom. Foam pipe insulation (1 inch ID) is affixed
with double-sided tape and duct tape to the pole where the pole
rests into these supports. It ain't even pretty! But it allows
the pole to be quickly stored with rather imprecise movements.
The forward support could be done the same, but why be consistent?
I bent and cut two SS eyestraps into a U-shape that just fit the
pole and riveted them to the boom. They are not deep enough to
keep the pole from jumping out, so I have Velcro attached to the
boom and pole with double-sided tape. (and a bit of waxed twine
to keep the ends of the Velcro from lifting off the tape) Dorothy
just hits the area and it's attached. When things settle down
she clips the free end of a short line that is attached to the
gooseneck to the end fitting on the pole. This keeps the pole
attached when the wind gets up over 30 and entire rig shakes like
A Better Idea?
PVC pipe can be used for the forward support. A 1 1/4 end cap
can be affixed to the boom with a pop rivit. A loop of 3/8
shock cord for rear support. To store, the crew presses the yoke of the pole
into the shock cord and let's the forward end go into the PVC cap.
Whatever method you you use, be sure the pole floats! Simply
glue plugs into both ends of the pole.