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05-11-2014 08:36 PM
Capt Len
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
05-11-2014 08:09 PM
Classic30
Re: Best Boat Hook?

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

Quote:
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.
05-11-2014 03:15 PM
MedSailor
Re: Best Boat Hook?

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Originally Posted by Group9 View Post
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.

MedSailor
05-11-2014 12:27 PM
RocketScience
Re: Best Boat Hook?

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Originally Posted by UnionPacific View Post
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.
05-11-2014 12:04 PM
pdqaltair
Re: Best Boat Hook?

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.
05-11-2014 10:15 AM
Group9
Re: Best Boat Hook?

Quote:
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.
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!
05-11-2014 09:40 AM
davidpm
Re: Best Boat Hook?

Quote:
Originally Posted by UnionPacific View Post
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.
05-11-2014 08:52 AM
UnionPacific
Re: Best Boat Hook?

Quote:
Originally Posted by RocketScience View Post
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.
05-11-2014 08:49 AM
Multihullgirl
Re: Best Boat Hook?

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
05-10-2014 01:53 PM
RocketScience
Re: Best Boat Hook?

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.

Shurhold
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