I know Storrar Marine is not my 'baby' anymore, Andy is, these days, the driving force behind the original bricks and mortar chandlery Storrar Marine and of course our internet site www.marinechandlery.com (and doing a much better job than I ever did) but it still gives me a kick to see most afternoons that I manage to stagger into my old place of work the number of boxes, tubes etc ready to be collected by the carriers and to learn facts like, for instance, that in the past year he has shipped over 200 pairs of Boarding Ring Glasses to the USA and Canada, never mind the European sales of these brilliant anti seasickness glasses that work. Blakes Seacocks seem to fly of the shelf more often than not for export. Whale/Henderson waterproof hatches usually destined for these guys that think rowing across the Atlantic is just a walk in the park incidentaly one of our old ‘Saturday lads’ has signed up to the challenge, best of luck Anthony! Andy's latest find, Ewincher, the electric winch handle, trickles out as well as the excellent Stormbag as for the Forespar Telescopic poles it ain't quite one a week but it's a steady stream!
The Forespar telescopic whisker pole is a great way of getting a bit more oomph when sailing downwind, They find their use in non spinnaker class racing and short handed cruising, or whenever downwind performance is desired without the use of conventional spinnakers. A properly sized and deployed whisker pole will allow the headsail to add considerable power and speed to downwind sailing. Telescoping whisker poles allow one pole to be used with furling headsails. Reduce your genoa sail area and then retract some of the whisker pole, easy peasy! By projecting the headsail out to weather and out of the mainsail's 'wind shadow' the headsail can fill and stabilise. Without a whisker pole the headsail will flop from side to side, limp and useless. The use of a whisker pole will allow "wing on wing" sailing dead downwind with surprising performance. The expression ‘the cats whiskers ’is to be highly enjoyable, desirable, or impressive... sums up the Forespar telescopic whisker pole nicely!
For pole stowage on our Mystery we use a couple of Nawa pole stowage loops. They can be easily attached to stanchions or push-pit; they keep the deck free so no danger of stubbing one toes!