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Best Boat Hook?

The boat hook is often the unsung hero on the boat. Something went overboard? Need to reach a cleat or mooring bridle? It's the extended arm that we need so often, but it's also not the most glamorous item on the boat.

I've never bought one, come to think of it. I made a nice wooden one with a bronze tip for my wooden boat, and my Formosa came with 2. One is a 3part extending pole but very flimsy. Great for the long reach. The other is non-extending and better for grabbing mooring rings or anything that might bend the other pole.

Is there anything new under the sun here? Is there a strong, light, long extending, floating, boat hook that does it all?

BTW in the realm of things to add to the end of the boat hook, this thing looks simple and very cool. dockingstick.com - Home


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Re: Best Boat Hook?

West Marine... Extendable to 3 sections, relatively cheap to replace.
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Re: Best Boat Hook?

Med, have you seen Snap Fittings | PVC Snap Fittings The docking stick looks like a piece of PVC pipe with one of the double-sided fittings (about half way down the page) attached.
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Re: Best Boat Hook?

The one that's still on my boat. Davy Jones has a few of my ex-hooks.
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Re: Best Boat Hook?

I'm with Dave E on the West Marine boat hooks. Mine have held up pretty well and are decently priced.
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Re: Best Boat Hook?

I like using a Swobbit brush handle with a boat hook attachment. That way I only have to carry one long pole. The Swobbit handle is stiffer than the more common Shur-Hold handle but it is heavier.
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Re: Best Boat Hook?

"Swobbit"!huh?
Pics are a blue ?mark; but I would assume it's very near like the Lowe's extender paint roller handler in use..for near 1/3the $$. $18.95 +$6.99 and done! 5-9' three section anodized aluminum w/plasfriction rings. Add a plastic boat hook for utility over just. a deck. brush. . enough to fendoff the. approaching pier at 5KT it will either collapse or stick in the open position; but that's. what I have a 9' hickory oar for!
Workswell as a whisker pole on the jib DDW, too . Hook through the gorillaloop at the clew and handlento the main mast Cleat.
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Yep that'd get me hooked on a new boat. What was the question?
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Re: Best Boat Hook?

Bigger boats have higher freeboard and need longer boat hooks to snag the hat in the water or the mooring line, or COB. I have two WM boat hooks. One telescopes to 8' and the other telescopes to 14'. The latter would be overkill for a small boat, but it gives me great reach when singlehanding my 35 foot boat.
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