Fastfriend, I hear you, you can definitely feel my bar underneath the center lacing as you're moving across the tramp on a tack. Having said that, the rear bungies I installed around the deadeye (clipped to rear tramp lacing w/two plastic Hobie bungie hooks - see pic) provide enough give that the pole won't "kneecap" you. Also, my mesh front pocket isn't hard up against the forward (sloped) end of the tramp. I left enough slack so the pole sits flat against the majority of the center tramp lacing without bulging it up in the middle.
I've been out in some pretty heavy conditions and I've never had any issues with the pole banging around underneath. Could be the length of my particular righting pole, the shock chords, the carabiner clipped to the center lacing, the front pocket or some combination of the five. Who knows? I will say I've got close to fifty pounds on you....sadly...so I don't require as much righting "leverage".
My pole is actually made from 1 1/2" square aluminum tubing. If you've ever seen the Sietech beach dollies used for Sunfish, Lasers, etc., that's exactly the aluminum material I used. I simply hacksawed the "T" section that rests on the keel and had it welded on by a guy here in town.
Anyways, congrats on your design. It's creative, simple and suitable for a host of different cats. I really like it.
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'82 Hobie 18 SE with '85 Nationals Prism (White) sails
'73 Laser HID# 3463