Both racers and cruisers benefit from adjustable spinnaker pole cars. Racers use adjustable cars to square the spinnaker pole’s inboard end to the horizon and help with dip pole jibing. Cruisers use the car to level the whisker pole when sailing downwind wing-and-wing and to store the pole against the mast when not in use.
Typical Boat Length:
Small Boat: 22' - 28' (6.7 - 8.5 m)
Midrange: 29' - 34' (8.8 - 10.4 m)
Big Boat: 35' - 42' (10.7 - 12.8 m)
This system allows the inboard end of the pole to be moved under load. It features a continuous adjuster line and 2:1 controls.
This adjustable system features 3:1 controls for more power.
Smaller offshore boats often mount a cam cleat below the spinnaker halyard exit so crew can jump the halyard and cleat it to the mast when setting the spinnaker. The cam also holds the line should the sail fill prematurely.
Many racing boats have asymmetrical spinnakers and retractable bowsprits. This system features a launcher line on top of the pole, with strong shock chord on the bottom to automatically retract the pole when the launcher line is uncleated.