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Re: Best Boat Hook?
Done that with mine too - plenty of times - but:
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.
..then it's a shame that the racing rules in most parts of the world specifically prohibit
the use of something as simple as a boat hook for spin pole/whisker pole duty. For some reason ISAF think a large sail attached to a boat hook attached to a person is a good way to get said person badly injured..
Carbon fibre spinnaker poles are the norm on racing yachts I've been on. Yes they're light(ish) but given the diameter and length they need to be to take the strains imposed by the sails and do the job they're designed to do, there's no way I'd even contemplate using one as a boat hook - it'd be physically too unwieldy on anything bigger than a dinghy.
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"
Last edited by Classic30; 05-11-2014 at 07:18 PM.