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Storing poles (whisker or spinnaker) vertically up the forward face of themast has become very popular. It clears the decks
and keeps the cruising sailor from having to lift the entireweight of the pole from the deck to themast car. It can, however,
causea fewproblemsor failures ifnotusedwith the correct components.
Selection of the propermast car and inboard end fitting combination is critical.Ring style cars (ours or anyone else’s)will not
allow a pole to hang verticallywithout binding and eventually breaking the end fitting.Bear inmind that youhave a significant
“lever arm” effect on the end. A 10-foot pole can create enough leverage to fracture or bend ends and rings if they bind up
without you ever feeling it from the opposite end of the pole.Therefore,Forespar® does not recommendANY ring stylemast
cars if thepole is tobe storedup themast.
If using latch style ends (“UXP” & “UTR” Ultra ends or older “XP”, “TR” & “EL” aluminum
ends) the FC-125 (#332002) flange style car (this page) is designed to allow up to a 4-1/2”
diameter pole to hang verticallywithout binding up.TheToggle style carswill also allowmast
storagewith the “offshore” style “TS”& “UTS” styleends.
To aid in vertical pole storage,
® has designed the “VPC” (this page) vertical pole
storage cars in 2-1/2” to 4” sizes. These cars are designed to attach to the FC-125 or toggle
style carswith a short “tail” (line orwire) and run in tandem up and down the track.When the
pole is in use, they hang below themast car and out of theway.Most importantly,when the
pole is raised to the vertical storage position, theVPC car is raised up the track and engages
the pole near the top. This not only keeps the pole on the centerline (important with toggle
cars) but also dampens the polesmovementwhen at anchor.When usedwith the appropri-
ate deck chock, (also on themast) the pole can safely be stored up themast and sheetswill
not foul on the outboard pole end that is captured by the deck chock on themast. It is impor-
tant that all components are on themast so that the stored pole comes as close to parallel to
themastas possible.
If storage of the pole up the mast is your choice, we also strongly recommend securely
mounted deck chocks be available for severe weather. It is advisable to remove poles from
themast and store them on deck in storm conditions. This removes theweight andwindage
aloftand keeps thepolesavailable foranemergency should your rigbe carriedaway.
If vertical pole storage is not desirable,
® offers stanchion chocks and standard
deck chocks forpole storageaswell.
335100VPC-125-250 for2-½”poles
335101VPC-125-300 for3” poles
335102VPC-125-350 for3-½”poles
335103VPC-125-400 for4” poles
Allpoles that are tobeverticallystoredon themastcannotuse “ring” stylemastcarsofanykind.
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