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..and they're ridiculously easy to make, so why would you buy one?


It's easy enough to make a boot-hook from a length of hardware-store dowel rod and a suitable hook... and it gives you the opportunity to practise some fancy rope-work.

FWIW, our 2 shiny wooden boathooks double as a boom-crutch.
Well yes, but these come all shiny...

I would likely make one or get a more practical one like the West Marine. I do like nice varnished wood, to look at though.
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Saw this at a boat show thought it was neat.

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Saw this at a boat show thought it was neat.

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That's a good idea for the tender.... I had seen it before, but forgotten about it completely. Thanks for the link.

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I went through three or four WM, or WM style boat hooks. Junk IMO. They don't like water, especially salt water. Their cheaply anodized surface will start to corrode, making it difficult to slide their telescoping sections.

Instead, I recommend either the Swobbit (previously mentioned) or Shurhold's line. Their telescoping handles gained fame in washing boats (they were designed for water intrusion), and have a multitude of nifty accessories you can clip on the end, a boat hook being one of them. And another plus if you're a cruiser; one less item to stow.

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Along the lines of squirting boathooks, is the Bridgenorth Bailer. I haven't managed to lose it although it's been on two boats now. I don't use it often as a hook but it's fun to soak racers at a start line
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I went through three or four WM, or WM style boat hooks. Junk IMO. They don't like water, especially salt water. Their cheaply anodized surface will start to corrode, making it difficult to slide their telescoping sections.
was yours the $100 heavy duty, or the $35 cheapy. I bent a cheap one myself in a lock.


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was yours the $100 heavy duty, or the $35 cheapy. I bent a cheap one myself in a lock.
I've learned that they don't do double duty as a Spinnaker pole even in very light wind with just the jib.

They fold in half.


So maybe if someone could make a titanium or carbon fiber pole that could do double duty.

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I've learned that they don't do double duty as a Spinnaker pole even in very light wind with just the jib.

They fold in half.


So maybe if someone could make a titanium or carbon fiber pole that could do double duty.
I've never used one as a spinnaker pole, but I had a home made wooden boat hook (with a bronze end), that I made extra long, that I used as a whisker pole for years with no drama. And, the best thing was, it floated!

On the northern Gulf of Mexico.


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in 30 years, never bought one. I keep finding other peoples floating in the water!

I prefer the simple aluminum non-extending tubes for day-to-day use. Nothing to break and lighter. You should have no use for the long pole a regular basis. But I keep an extending one for the odd slip.

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was yours the $100 heavy duty, or the $35 cheapy. I bent a cheap one myself in a lock.
I don't know if any of them were HD or not, but IIRC, the last one was around $75, telescoped to around 15 feet, and was somewhat of a beefier build than the previous WM versions I had. This didn't stop the anodized coating from corroding however. I never bent it, but it was still junk IMO.

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