Always the last to know....Forespar whisker pole

Kenneth K

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I took the flying end off my 2 year old Forespar aluminum line-control whisker pole because the cam had locked up.

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First I tried oiling it, which I later read Forespar specifically cautions against. Then I removed the spring and cut 3-4 turns of wire off to shorten it. It works much better with the shortened spring.

Only about this time did I realize that this fitting isn't made of aluminum, like I had assumed, but gray plastic. Hmm...

Still seem sturdy enough, and it won't corrode. Maybe that explains the warning against lubricating it. Some Plastics don't tolerate oils well.
 

Loren Beach

O34 - Portland, OR
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I suspect that the fitting is reinforced plastic. Further, having rebuilt our old Forespar trigger type ends a couple times, I did not like having to deal with a lot of bi-metalic corrosion between the aluminum casting and the SS parts.
If I were boating in salt water, I would probably flush these parts out monthly with pressure fresh water.
 

Kenneth K

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It's a Forespar 10-18, so 10-18 ft is the range. I believe the OD is 2.5" but it's all on the Forespar website.

Interestingly, the inboard pole end (that hooks to mast) IS made of aluminum, unlike the flying end. Makes sense--there is a lot of stress on the inner fitting.
 
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