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Re: Best Boat Hook?

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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!
Yup, I did this too with the wooden one I made. Used it on the genoa in light winds, never in heavy air. Worked fine.


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Re: Best Boat Hook?

Done that with mine too - plenty of times - but:

Originally Posted by davidpm View Post
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.

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Re: Best Boat Hook?

I've always had a 12 ft aluminium pike pole on board.Sharp steel business end. Loggers use them and I often find them floating. In the Beaufort, indispensable for pushing big chunks of ice off the anchor line.In more temperate zones useful for picking up lines ,fending off floating drift wood and the occasional mishandled yankee vessel. Stores along the cabin side Pointy covered in a housing made from defunct white fender material (good stuff for many projects) and the 8 footer stores upright thru a rope eye on the mizzen shroud
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Re: Best Boat Hook?

The double hook boat hook that you may be looking for, is the wRino boat hook mooring system, a boat hook with mooring features for attaching lines to most docking and mooring fixtures from the deck of a boat. A winner of the leading marine awards in USA (NMMA), Europe (DAME - nominated finalist) Australia (Aust Marine) for it's simplicity, speed and ease of operation.
For availability Google wrino.
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I use a painter's pole, extends to about 12ft, strong, sturdy and does the job has a brush handle at the same time
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Re: Best Boat Hook?

Have West Marine 3 section pole but seldom use it because it collapses when you try and push off with it. Probably should see if it still extends and hasn't corroded up. Went back to the old wooden pole which is stowed vertical on the cap shrouds using lashed on rings.
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