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Gin Pole Length
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Old Lightning Class Masts seem to work pretty well too.


Gin poles should be about 19 ft. I use a 9 1/2 collapsable pole so it fits in a truck bed. 


I use a gin pole that is 16.5’ long.  It would be better if it were 17.5’ or more.

Tommy Heausler



see attached specifications for a gin pole plus an elevation detail drawing I made to illustrate an Ensign Gin pole.

I used a 420 mast, but added approximately 2' with a piece of 4" PVC pipe connected to a wood base.

I will measure the length on my next trip to HYC.


John E. Cutler

Past Commodore Ensign Class Association

#1029 - the other woman

spin Pole over all tip to tip is 7 1/2 ft. or 7ft 6 inches.


Hi All,

I sold my gin pole along with almost everything else from my deceased 477. Now I find that I need to fabricate one for one of our Parks and Rec boats. I could go out and measure, but I may not have time to do so in the next few days. Can somebody help me out? Guessing a minium of the length of the base of the mast to the spreaders plus about a foot or so.


Keith Simpson, Prior Cm.

Fleet 64, Winnipesaukee, NH

Knotalot 477, deceased

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