Wednesday, August 31, 2011

How’s the Kite Flying on Your Lighting?

Annapolis Performance Sailing APS Selden Lightning Spinnaker Pole

This Lightning Spinnaker Pole just left the building! That’s right, APS riggers make spinnaker and whisker poles – One Design and custom.

What’s so special about this pole? A large diameter in the middle gives the aluminum pole strength where needed. Also, tapered ends and the smaller end fittings they afford greatly decrease overall pole weight and increase ease of use.

Annapolis Performance Sailing APS Selden Lightning Spinnaker Pole






Two welded Stainless Steel D-Rings are secured to the center of the pole so you can go jaws up or jaws down. They are then wrapped with Low Stretch Halyard Leader, which is then epoxied so the line stays tight around the D-rings. Why are we seizing the D-rings like this rather than using eye straps? Drilling holes in the pole compromises its strength, and we don’t want that now, do we?

These are easy to maintain, too. If the epoxy cracks over time, all you have to do is brush a little more on.

Annapolis Performance Sailing APS Selden Lightning Spinnaker Pole


We’re using AmSteel Blue for the trip line because it’s strong, and it won’t absorb water. A shrink wrap tube is fixed around the knot that secures the trip line to the pole for added durability.

This spinnaker pole is built the same way for the Lightning, Flying Scot, and Thistle (other than length).

Not in any of those OD boats? Click here to see what we do for your class….


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