Tanzer 16 -- It's always something--spinnaker pole -- May 21, 2017 The spinnaker pole is a pretty simple device--piece of aluminum tubing. Hook in the middle. Spring loaded snap hook on each end. Worked flawlessly for two years. All of a sudden it jams. No reason. No grit, dirt or salt inside. Teflon spray doesn't help. Of course the end that jams is the one with the pressed fitting not the one held in by a screw.
Solution: Disassemble. Cut through the aluminum by not the plastic plug. Sand all the pieces with 220 grit (it takes a lot of sanding). Lubricate with Teflon. Reassemble. Seems to work.